Noel was acquired, along with a 2014 first round pick, from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for All Star point guard Jrue Holiday and the 42nd overall selection (PG Pierre Jackson, Baylor). Noel, 19, was widely considered to be the best prospect in the draft. He is already a plus defender with superior athleticism on the defensive end and extraordinary shot blocking ability (106 blocks last year as a freshman).
He is still raw offensively but many feel he has a high ceiling based solely on his freakish athleticism. The seven-footer tore his ACL in February and had surgery in March. Noel is expected to be able to return from his injury around Christmas time.
For a team lacking athleticism in the front court and looking to escape from mediocrity Noel was an absolute steal for the Sixers.
Carter-Williams, 21, came on to the 76ers radar late in the evaluation process as he worked out for the team the weekend prior to the draft. The Syracuse guard rated highly on the analytic scale, which is what the Sixers are using to evaluate players under Hinkie.
The Massachusetts native is lightning quick with terrific ball-handling ability. He can score from just about anywhere on the court but excels at taking the ball to the hoop. Carter-Williams is a natural point guard as his court vision is second to none.
He is not as consistent as scouts would like to see from 3-point range and could cut down on his turnovers (averaged 3.4 turnovers per game last year for the Orange).
Full scouting report here.
Kazemi was a guy that Hinkie continually harped that the Sixers had their eyes on in the second round. Hinkie made it clear in his press conference following the draft that the team wanted to maintain at least one pick in the second round no matter how much wheeling and dealing they did in order to select Kazemi.
The 23 year old grades very high among analytical scouts. He is a high motor guy who is constant hustle on the floor that gives his team a lot of energy. The Iranian is a terrific rebounder who is incredibly tough. He needs to work on his offensive game but he is a guy who can contribute solid minutes.
Kazemi is also the first Iranian player ever selected in the NBA draft.
These are the three guys that Hinkie has to show from his first draft as general manager of the 76ers. Many around the team believe that it was highly successful and set the team up to be successful long-term.
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