Prior to suffering an injury, former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel was thought to be the unanimous first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. But after tearing his ACL, Noel slipped all the way to sixth where he was selected by the New Orleans Hornets, who later traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Teams interested in Noel knew the risks that came with the injury, but packing such natural talent, it was hard for the Sixers to pass on acquiring Noel.
His availability for this season is currently unknown. The team would obviously like to get him on the court at some point and assuming they do, he’ll be totally rebuilt – at least according to the team who called Noel a ‘total rebuild’:
“Everybody’s tweakable,” Brown said. “You bucket them into, ‘Is it a total rebuild?’ I think Nerlens is a total rebuild.”
The ‘rebuild’ refers to the change in Noel’s game and jumpshot as the team is working on using Noel’s downtime to work on the basics of the game.
Nerlens never took a shot outside of seventeen feet during his one year tenure as a Wildcat, so the team is hoping the practice time will result in a more balanced offensive game.