The Philadelphia 76ers recently announced that Nerlens Noel would make his debut for the team in summer league. After missing the whole 2013/14 NBA season the sixth overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft is saying that he has actually been at 100 percent for several months now, according to the Boston Globe.
“I’ve been 100 percent for months now,”
“I feel great and continue to get stronger in all parts of my body, just continuing my growth really. I will be playing in summer games and summer league.”
“It’s beyond words [to play], it’s been a long time coming,” he said. “I feel I’m definitely ready and focused. The whole offseason, I’ve focused on being stronger and working on my skill points, working on my shot, which I have progressed a lot with, working on my technique. Every part of my game I feel I’ve definitely improved on.”
Noel entered the draft coming off a torn ACL, which hurt his draft stock and he ended up being moved to the 76ers on draft day in a deal that sent Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Philadelphia had a clear intention to tank the season this year and decided that building Noel’s body back up was the best course of action, as immediately improving the team wasn’t a priority. He is mostly regarded as a high-impact player defensively, but is working on his jumper and if he could become more versatile offensively the 76ers’ future will be very bright.
This summer the Sixers will be selecting third overall in the NBA draft and will have a chance to add another talent to a very promising young core.