It is not set in stone yet but that's the way it appears. CSN's Dei Lynam reports that Sixers rookie center Nerlens Noel will likely sit the entire season rehabbing his torn ACL which he suffered on February 12th while playing for Kentucky.
You'd struggle to find another player with Noel's size (6'11") and athletic ability. The former Kentucky Wildcat said that he is excited to play in Philadelphia because it fits his game as he is a hard-worker and knows how much Philadelphia fans like hard-working players.
This situation reminds me a lot of the situation with Blake Griffin and the Clippers when he was drafted. Griffin sat out the 2009-10 season after knee surgery but still traveled with the team and adjusted to life in the NBA. Noel will likely do the same with the 76ers which might not be a bad thing for the 19 year-old.
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. For a team lacking athleticism in the front court and looking to escape from mediocrity Noel was an absolute steal for the Sixers.
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