General consensus had Kentucky center Nerlens Noel as the top pick in the draft but Cleveland stunned seemingly everybody by selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall. Noel fell all the way to No. 6 where the New Orleans Pelicans scooped him up.
The Pelicans then traded Noel and next year's top-5 protected first round pick to the Sixers in exchange for 23 year old, All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and the 42nd overall pick (PG Pierre Jackson from Baylor).
Noel (6'10", 206 lbs.) averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while blocking 106 shots during his only season at Kentucky before tearing his ACL in February. He had surgery on March 12th and is expected to return by mid-December.
The trade of Holiday clears more than $41 million off the books as his four-year extension signed in October was set to kick in on July 1st. Next year, the contracts of Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner also come off the books so the 76ers will have money to play with.
My only hope is the Sixers win the lottery and are able to select incoming Kansas freshman, Andrew Wiggins.
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