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Nerlens Noel | Center/Forward | #4

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 4/10/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 220
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (6) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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Nerlens Noel could exceed his initial 3-5 week timetable depending on if or how often he experiences swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.
Noel's surgery was successful, and he'll now begin his rehab in Alabama, but the 76ers are going to bring him along with extreme caution. It's unclear what Noel's role will be once he's fully up to speed, but the logjam in Philly's frontcourt will make it tough for Noel to reach his full fantasy potential this season. Oct 26 - 10:25 AM

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Nerlens Noel underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Tuesday.

Early reports suggest that Noel is looking at a 3-5 week absence, but knowing the 76ers, his absence could certainly extend past that timeline. Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor (knee) will be picking up the slack in Noel's absence, and we could also see Brett Brown go with some small-ball lineups using Dario Saric at the five-spot with Jerami Grant earning some extended minutes at the four. Expect Noel to be handled with kid gloves once he is finally cleared to return to the court.
Oct 25 - 3:42 PM

Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery) is expected to be out for the next three-to-five weeks, sources told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Noel's procedure is scheduled to take place on Monday, and we now have a better idea of just how long we can expect to see him sitting on the sidelines. This means Noel will be targeting a return in late November, and it's unclear what role he may come back to given Joel Embiid has played well and Jahlil Okafor (knee surgery) will be his backup to begin the year. Sooner or later, the Sixers will need to stop this charade and move one of these guys, but they're not going to get equal value for any of them at the current moment in time. It's a bad situation that's only getting more complicated in both fantasy and reality.

Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) has elected to address his injury via a minor surgical procedure "in the coming days," according to the 76ers.

That rules him out for the start of the season, and this is different from his groin injury. According to the team, "Noel reported localized soreness in his left knee. After consulting with multiple specialists, the source of the soreness was identified as inflamed plica." There is no timetable and the 76ers will undoubtedly take their time with him. At this point, Noel is only a borderline draft pick in standard leagues. Richaun Holmes and Joel Embiid benefit while Jahlil Okafor (knee) is still on a minutes cap.
Oct 21 - 6:45 PM

Nerlens Noel (groin) and the 76ers haven't talked about an extension yet.

The two sides have until October 31 to work out a deal that will keep Noel from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season, but the two sides have yet to talk. "It's not really something that we've discussed, given some of the concerns that I think Nerlens has had, right now," said the team's president of basketball operations, Brian Colangelo. "There's been very little if any discussion with his agents about any extension scenarios." While the two sides will talk before the deadline, Noel isn't much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to the 76ers crowded frontcourt.
Oct 18 - 1:09 PM

Nerlens Noel (groin) will not play on Saturday and is doubtful to participate in Philadelphia's season opener.

It must be a pretty serious groin strain for Noel to be out for such an extended period of time, and it's unclear what his role might be when he is finally ready to return. Joel Embiid (foot) has been very impressive and Jahlil Okafor (knee surgery) is ahead of Noel in his rehab process. Even if you're banking on him being traded, it's getting increasingly difficult to draft Noel in fantasy leagues given his clouded outlook.
Oct 15 - 5:33 PM

Nerlens Noel (groin) received treatment and took part in some drills on Friday.

Based on some videos at the practice facility, it didn't look like Noel is taking contact yet. He has been on the injury report since Oct. 6 and is likely to miss more games going forward. While Noel has been effective as a fantasy asset for his defense, his playing time doesn't look like it'll be more than his 29.3 minutes per game from last year. It's tough to take him in the middle rounds these days.
Oct 14 - 2:27 PM

Nerlens Noel (groin) won't play against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Noel didn't travel with the team, and it looks like he could miss some extra time. Noel is a risky target at the end of fantasy drafts, as he's set to start the season coming off the bench. However, he has enough upside to be worth a late-round flier -- especially with trade possibilities at play.
Oct 11 - 1:52 PM

Nerlens Noel (groin) did not practice on Monday.

Knowing the 76ers, they will likely hold him out through their two-game road trip. Joel Embiid will start on Tuesday and see anywhere from 12-15 minutes, while Richaun Holmes will back him up. Noel has been on the shelf for five days and counting.
Oct 10 - 1:31 PM

Nerlens Noel (groin) and Jahlil Okafor (knee) will not play vs. the Cavaliers on Saturday.

They aren't even traveling with the team, so it sounds like they could both miss more time. Noel is considered day-to-day with a strained left groin. Joel "The Process" Embiid will draw the start and Richaun Holmes should see plenty of minutes on Saturday.

Nerlens Noel said that he wants to average at least 2.0 blocks per game this season.

Noel has a total of 251 steals and 242 blocks through two seasons, joining David Robinson as the only players to record at least 250 steals and 240 blocks during their first two seasons. The problem for Noel is his role, as he's expected to come off the bench behind Joel Embiid and will also have to compete with Jahlil Okafor. A trade could help, but Noel is shaping up to be a risky target. He's currently day-to-day with a strained groin.
Oct 8 - 11:12 AM

Nerlens Noel strained his groin at shootaround on Thursday.

He did not play on Thursday night due to the injury. Given how Noel isn't thrilled with his current situation in Philly, he's likely going to be held out for more games. While he's out, we'll see a little more Richaun Holmes behind Joel Embiid.
Oct 6 - 10:15 PM

Nerlens Noel (left groin strain) has been ruled out for Thursday's preseason game against the Wizards.

It's unclear exactly when Noel suffered this injury, as is the severity of it, but this is not good news as groin injuries tend to linger. We'll be monitoring Noel's situation closely, but there's a good amount of risk here given that he'll be coming into the season with a groin injury, an undefined role in a crowded frontcourt, and an uncertain future with the 76ers.
Oct 6 - 5:29 PM

Nerlens Noel believes that he and Ben Simmons can make for a great defensive duo.

"I think we complement each other very well, especially on the defensive end," Noel said. "He's definitely a lockdown type defender that digs in." Noel's future with the 76ers franchise is uncertain, and he'll open up the year splitting minutes with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, so currently he's a rather dubious fantasy asset.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 29 - 6:47 PM

Nerlens Noel said he doesn't see a way for the 76ers logjam at center to work out.

"I don't think it makes too much sense to come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position," said Noel. He's not wrong. The 76ers were a disaster when using Noel next to Jahlil Okafor last year, posting a putrid minus-20.0 in net rating in those 696 minutes -- those minutes accounted for 43.7 percent of Okafor's playing time, too. On the nights Joel Embiid isn't resting, coach Brett Brown might have to split 48 minutes three ways.
Sep 26 - 8:24 PM

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2Timothe Luwawu
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SF1Robert Covington
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PF1Ben Simmons
2Dario Saric
3Jerami Grant
C1Joel Embiid
2Nerlens Noel
3Jahlil Okafor
4Richaun Holmes