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Nerlens Noel | Center/Forward | #4

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/10/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 220
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (6) / NO
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The 76ers are sending Nerlens Noel to Dallas for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a first-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
And we're off. The 76ers have been trying to deal Jahlil Okafor at a steep discount, but they still can't get anything done. The Dallas pick is protected from 1-18 in the June draft, so it almost certainly won't be this season. The Mavs have liked Noel for a while and will try to get an extension done with him. He should be their center of the future in a slower pace. In Philly, Richaun Holmes could be the backup behind Joel Embiid, assuming Okafor is traded. Feb 23 - 11:49 AM

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Teams around the league have reportedly been re-engaging with the 76ers on a Nerlens Noel trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that if the 76ers are unable to find a trade partner for Jahlil Okafor they will shift their focus to sending away Noel, but the biggest stumbling block here for a Noel deal is that he's about to be a restricted free agent. Teams reportedly want to know what it will cost to retain Noel as a free agent, and with Woj reporting that Noel is seeking a "big number," that may be enough to scare some teams away who don't have the cap room to re-sign him this offseason.
Feb 22 - 10:19 AM

Nerlens Noel had another productive game vs. Boston on Wednesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Noel made 7-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in 31 minutes and he's been terrific as a starter lately -- his play had helped Philly earn a three-game win streak that was snapped tonight. With Jahlil Okafor on the trade block, Joel Embiid recovering from a "very minor" tear in his meniscus, Noel's post-break outlook is as bright as it's been all season.
Feb 15 - 10:38 PM

Nerlens Noel scored 12 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks in 28 minutes vs. the Hornets on Monday.

With Jahlil Okafor expected to be traded shortly and Joel Embiid nursing a slight meniscus tear, Noel's value has never been higher this season. He finished 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, and he eclipsed the 28-minute mark for just the fourth time this season. He's trending up in a hurry and has elite upside in steals and blocks. Noel said he's not worried about a potential trade, but it's looking less and less likely that the 76ers will move him anyways. "I just play my game," Noel said. "If that's what they decide, that's what they decide."
Feb 13 - 10:08 PM

Nerlens Noel scored 19 points with three rebounds, one assist, four steals and one block in 32 minutes agains the Heat on Saturday.

He did tweak his ankle in the fourth quarter, but he returned to the bench about three minutes later in real time after he was retaped. With Jahlil Okafor possibly being done in Philly due to a trade and Joel Embiid (knee) dealing with a small meniscus tear, Noel looks like he's in his best position all year. He looks like a must-start player going forward.
Feb 11 - 11:20 PM

Nerlens Noel went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Saturday to be retaped and he has returned.

Something happened to him under the basket and he walked off the court in pain. Noel laid down for a few seconds and was grabbing his left leg before he walked back to the locker room. He should be all good.
Feb 11 - 9:44 PM

Nerlens Noel is starting on Saturday vs. the Heat, sending Jahlil Okafor to the bench.

The 76ers have been mixing up their starting lineup from game to game, but it makes sense to start Noel on Hassan Whiteside because HW torched Okafor in their previous meeting. With Joel Embiid dealing with a minor tear in his knee, Noel and Okafor both get a nice short-term boost in value with Noel offering more upside.
Feb 11 - 7:42 PM

Nerlens Noel scored 10 points off the bench against the Magic on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes.

He was assessed a technical foul for his reaction after Serge Ibaka gave him a closed fist to the lower neck, and he did talk about it after the game. "I don't play that," Noel said about Ibaka's move. The two had to be separated, but Noel shouldn't be getting further punishment. Noel was coming in somewhat quiet before this game, so a strong game like this one should give his fantasy owners some confidence. He'll be worth using and should be busy against Hassan Whiteside on Saturday.
Feb 9 - 10:32 PM

Nerlens Noel shifted to the bench on Monday and had only five points and five rebounds in 16 minutes during a 113-96 loss in Detroit.

Noel provided his fantasy owners zero assists, steals or blocks. There's reason for optimism, however, since Jahlil Okafor (knee) may only have started tonight to bolster his trade appeal -- he's reportedly on the block, with the Pelicans and other teams in the mix to acquire him. If you've owned Noel for any stretch of time this season, you already know that patience is necessary.
Feb 6 - 11:17 PM

Nerlens Noel will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Pistons.

Joel Embiid (knee) is out for at least one more game, but Jahlil Okafor (knee) will draw the start at center tonight. Noel should be the primary backup at center when all three bigs are active, so his outlook for the rest of the season is still fine. He's cooled off a bit lately, averaging 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 block and 2.0 steals in 21.8 minutes over his last four games.
Feb 6 - 11:39 AM

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel have "less than desirable trade value at this time."

While Noel's value has increased over the past month, teams are still cautious because he's in the final year of his rookie deal -- he will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season and other teams could attempt to steal him away. As for Okafor, teams are worried about his surgically-repaired right knee still giving him problems and it's no secret that he's a defensive liability, but one thing going for him is that he has two more years left on his rookie deal. The trade deadline is Feb. 23.
Feb 5 - 9:57 AM

Nerlens Noel (illness) struggled mightily against the Heat on Saturday, scoring seven points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

He got an early hook in the first quarter because Hassan Whiteside was going off -- Whiteside finished the game with 30 points and 20 boards. Noel also didn't play in the fourth quarter of the 23-point blowout. He finished 2-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but this was a huge letdown considering he averaged 15.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 steals in three previous starts this season. Joel Embiid (knee) will miss at least one more game and Jahlil Okafor's (knee) status is up in the air, so Noel's owners should deploy him again on Monday vs. the Pistons. To be fair to Noel, he probably wasn't 100 percent after missing Thursday's game vs. the Spurs.
Feb 4 - 10:30 PM

Nerlens Noel (illness) is starting against the Heat on Saturday.

Noel is going to have some really nice short-term value with Jahlil Okafor (knee) out on Saturday and Joel Embiid (knee) out for at least two more games. In three previous starts this season, Noel has averaged 15.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 steals. Expect Richaun Holmes to back him up.
Feb 4 - 7:18 PM

Nerlens Noel (illness) is listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. the Heat.

Noel was playing quite well prior to getting sick earlier this week. In his five previous games, Noel was averaging 12.8 points (on 68.4 percent shooting), 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks in 25.3 minutes. Joel Embiid (knee) has already been ruled for Saturday's tilt with Miami. Jahlil Okafor will start, but Noel should see around 25 minutes off the bench, assuming he feels healthy enough to handle it.
Feb 4 - 11:25 AM

Nerlens Noel (illness) and Robert Covington (hand) will not play against the Spurs on Thursday.

The team is calling it an "upper respiratory infection" and maybe that's why he didn't look great on Wednesday night. Noel has been by far the second-best center on the team since he was given a chance in 2017, so he's still a hold in all leagues. Hopefully, he can play on Saturday against the Heat. We'll see Jahlil Okafor start and Richaun Holmes back him up tonight.
Feb 2 - 7:15 PM

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SF1Harrison Barnes
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PF1Dirk Nowitzki
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C1Nerlens Noel
2Salah Mejri