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Nerlens Noel | Center/Forward

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 4/10/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 228
College: Kentucky
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Nerlens Noel (sore right knee) was a late scratch vs. the Rockets on Friday.
JaKarr Sampson will take his place in the starting lineup. Noel has been awful lately, including a 1-of-7 shooting game on Wednesday, and it sounds like he's still struggling with what Brett Brown recently described as "knee problems with some tendinitis." It makes sense for the winless 76ers to rest him until he's completely recovered, but we're considering him questionable to return vs. Memphis on Sunday. Nov 27 - 7:42 PM

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Nerlens Noel's early-season doldrums continued on Wednesday, as he scored only three points on 1-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

The minutes are there but the production isn't. His chemistry with Jahlil Okafor has been disastrous but we have to wonder if he's also struggling due to the "knee problems with some tendinitis" that coach Brett Brown referenced last week. He missed 1-of-6 shots within five feet of the hoop tonight, continuing to scrape rock-bottom, and it still makes sense to float a buy-low offer.
Nov 25 - 10:24 PM

Nerlens Noel was quiet in Monday's loss to the Wolves, scoring seven points with five boards, one block and two steals in 32 minutes.

Noel certainly isn't living up to his offseason hype and it seems like it would take a miracle for him to justify his ADP. He has really struggled alongside Jahlil Okafor and the coaching staff is making an effort to stagger their minutes a little better. Noel's owners are probably pretty disappointed at this point, so it makes sense to buy low.
Nov 24 - 12:03 AM

Nerlens Noel moved back into the starting lineup on Saturday against the Heat with 10 points, eight boards, two assists and two steals.

He just hasn't been good in the starting lineup. Noel is down to just 20.9 percent on shots from beyond three feet and it has to do with Jahlil Okafor. Before tonight, Noel had a 41.5 true shooting percentage (TS%) next to Okafor, but he's better off not next to him at a 48.5 TS%. He should adapt and improve on his 15th-round value on the season.
Nov 21 - 11:31 PM

Nerlens Noel started Saturday's game against the Heat in place of Robert Covington.

Noel was expected to come off the bench, but head coach Brett Brown will go back to a frontcourt featuring Noel next to Jahlil Okafor. We'll let you know how he does after the game.
Nov 21 - 8:17 PM

Nerlens Noel came off the bench on Friday against the Hornets, making 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with nine rebounds and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

Before tonight, Noel played next to Jahlil Okafor for 21.0 minutes per game, but that number dropped to just 11.3 in this one. As you might expect, he made all seven attempts at the rim and missed both from beyond three feet, which has been a problem all season. If he stays on the bench, it's not a bad thing.
Nov 20 - 9:48 PM

Robert Covington will start at power forward and Nerlens Noel will move to the bench.

As mentioned about an hour ago, Noel was been a complete disaster at power forward because he's useless as a scorer from beyond three feet. Now, coach Brett Brown can stagger his minutes with Jahlil Okafor. This is a good thing for Noel.
Nov 20 - 7:00 PM

Coach Brett Brown said he's considering moving Nerlens Noel to the five and Jahlil Okafor to the four.

It makes sense to a degree, but it probably won't help Okafor. Noel has a putrid 42.8 true shooting percentage on the year, which is dead last among all forwards and centers with at least 10 starts this season. He is shooting just 21.3 percent outside of three feet, so this change would be good for him.
Nov 20 - 5:41 PM

Nerlens Noel (knee, wrist) will play vs. the Hornets on Friday.

76ers head coach Brett Brown recently revealed that Noel has been dealing with "some knee problems with some tendinitis," but it's a good sign if they are going to let him play through it. The 76ers will be cautious with him if the issue lingers, so keep a close eye on the injury report moving forward.
Nov 20 - 11:22 AM

Nerlens Noel has been dealing with "some knee problems with some tendinitis," according to Sixers coach Brett Brown.

We'll consider Noel questionable for Friday's game in Charlotte, and a few days of rest might do him good. He started on Wednesday but had only two points, three rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 24 minutes. He's made just 39.8 percent of his shots and even air-balled a jumper tonight, showing zero offensive chemistry with the starting unit. We should have an update on Noel's health after Thursday's shootaround.
Nov 18 - 9:57 PM

Nerlens Noel moved back into the starting lineup against the Pacers.

The Pacers went big to surprise the 76ers an hour ago, so the 76ers changed from their plan of starting Robert Covington. We'll see if the 76ers try to stagger Noel's minutes with Jahlil Okafor.
Nov 18 - 7:10 PM

Nerlens Noel will come off the bench against the Pacers on Wednesday.

It makes a lot of sense. Noel is basically useless away from the basket and is making just 22.0 percent of his shots outside of the restricted area. He and Jahlil Okafor basically occupy the same space, so it makes sense on the offensive side. It does also help on defense so Jerami Grant can defend Paul George. Hopefully this is a positive for Noel, who is off to a terrible start. This move may not stick, though.
Nov 18 - 5:19 PM

Nerlens Noel made 5-of-12 from the field for 12 points during a 92-86 loss to the Mavs on Monday, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five turnovers.

Noel continues to take jumpers and keeps on missing them. He had five attempts outside of five feet tonight and missed all of them. He's having a little trouble meshing with Jahlil Okafor, so hopefully coach Brett Brown can figure out how the two can occupy the paint and not hurt Noel's efficiency. The 76ers also fell to 0-11 tonight.
Nov 16 - 10:11 PM

Nerlens Noel made 2-of-8 from the field for six points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes on Saturday.

He's getting close to rock bottom here. Noel is below 40 percent from the field on the season, which is even worse considering he's only been blocked five times. There really is no point in him shooting the rock unless he's right under the rim right now. If you want to buy low, you shouldn't have to give up top 50 value to get him.
Nov 14 - 11:31 PM

Nerlens Noel returned to action on Friday with 13 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes during a 102-85 loss to the Thunder.

He was just 4-of-12 from the field and is having some trouble playing away from the basket. Noel is really going to have to get over 45 percent from the field for him to live up to his lofty ADP. Thanks to making just 25.0 percent outside of three feet, he's just at 40.9 percent from the field while making 66.7 percent from the line on the year.
Nov 14 - 3:01 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1T.J. McConnell
2Isaiah Canaan
3Phil Pressey
4Tony Wroten
5Kendall Marshall
SG1Nik Stauskas
2Hollis Thompson
SF1Robert Covington
2Jerami Grant
3JaKarr Sampson
PF1Nerlens Noel
2Richaun Holmes
3Carl Landry
4Christian Wood
5Luka Mitrovic
C1Jahlil Okafor
2Joel Embiid