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Nerlens Noel | Center/Forward

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 4/10/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 228
College: Kentucky
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Nerlens Noel (knee) expects to play in Summer League.
It's time for the bubble wrap to come off Noel, who tore his ACL in February of 2013. He was participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages with the Sixers for the final couple weeks and is not expecting to have any restrictions this summer. Noel, now up to 228 pounds, is a name to monitor very closely ahead of 2014-15 fantasy drafts. He averaged 9.1 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals as a freshman at Kentucky. Those defensive skills typically translate quickly to the NBA level. Apr 18 - 10:38 AM

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Nerlens Noel (knee) said on Tuesday that he's 100 percent healthy and has done some 5-on-5 work during recent practices, but it's unlikely that he'll play this season.

"The 19-year-old in me sitting down on the sideline really wanted to get out there and show my abilities and be able play ball," Noel said. "It's been tough, but it's something I had to do." He said that he's improved his vertical leap by three inches during his rehab, and the Sixers have overhauled his shooting mechanics while trying to give him a reliable post move, so his 2013-14 season wasn't a total loss.
Apr 9 - 9:40 AM

Nerlens Noel (knee) will not play in Friday's game against the Celtics.

Noel created a stir a few weeks back when he tweeted "4-4-14." But as expected, he's not going to suit up. A large part of the Tankadelphia movement is having Noel 100 percent healthy as a rim protector next season, not risking him in the meaningless final two weeks.
Apr 4 - 11:56 AM

76ers coach Brett Brown said that Nerlens Noel's (knee) return date remains "up in the air," but the rookie has been very impressive in recent workouts.

Noel's length and athleticism are self-evident, and he's been working daily to reform his shooting mechanics, improve his footwork, develop a go-to post move, and more. The Sixers' prized rookie is expected to play in his first NBA-level game during Summer League.
Apr 2 - 10:11 AM

Nerlens Noel scrimmaged 4-on-4 for the first time during Tuesday's practice, and he earned rave reviews from his teammates.

"One of the times we were going at each other," said Thaddeus Young, "[Noel] altered the shot, I got the rebound and he was back off his feet again ... He's very quick off his feet. He could probably go three or four times before somebody jumps twice." Sixers coach Brett Brown already shot down any idea of Noel playing this season, while harping on the need for Noel to get stronger and rebuild his shot mechanics, but he'll be an intriguing fantasy option on a young Sixers team next season.
Source: Delco Times
Mar 12 - 9:50 AM

Nerlens Noel (knee surgery) is unlikely to play this season.

Mystery solved. After a day of intrigue surrounding Noel's tweet that indicated he was targeting a return on April 4, coach Brett Brown poured cold water on the situation by saying he thought Noel returning to 5-on-5 practice by the end of the season would be a realistic goal. With nothing to play for, the Sixers aren't likely to take any chances with their prized rookie, so fantasy owners who were holding out hope for a late season return can feel free to move on.
Mar 11 - 1:27 PM

Sixers coach Brett Brown said he doesn't know anything about Nerlens Noel's reported desire to return on April 4.

Noel caused a ruckus by tweeting "4-4-14" (which was reportedly a reference to a potential return date against the Celtics in his hometown of Boston), but coach Brett Brown isn't aware of any such plans. "I've only heard about it and I haven't sat down and grilled him on that," coach Brett Brown insisted Monday. "I don't know the mystery and I think it's been blown out of proportion. At some point, yes [he'll talk to Noel]." Whether or not the Sixers clear Noel to return in early April may be a moot point as he'd only have eight games left at that point, which would heavily limit his fantasy value.
Mar 11 - 9:28 AM

Nerlens Noel would like to make his 76ers debut in Boston on April 4, according to beat writer Keith Pompey.

Unnamed sources confirmed that Noel's tweet of "4-4-14" was indeed a reference to a potential return date, but apparently "this is just a wish that [Noel] had not disclosed to the Sixers as of Sunday afternoon." It's hard to imagine Noel telling the world his plans before mentioning them to the team which has overseen his rehab every day for months, but the drama is nearly irrelevant for fantasy owners given that a return on April 4 would leave Noel with a maximum of eight games, and that includes two back-to-back sets.
Source: Philly.com
Mar 10 - 3:24 AM

Nerlens Noel (knee) said "4-4-14" on his Twitter account on Sunday.

To be clear, there has been no confirmation from the team. The Sixers play the Celtics on that Friday, so the first thought on that day is a possible target date for Noel to make his NBA debut. Interestingly, the Sixers play on Apr. 5 at home, so one would think they'd be more inclined to play him in front of the home folks rather than at TD Garden. Although, Noel is from Massachusetts and lived about 15 minutes away from Boston. The 76ers are obviously going to keep his minutes in check, but he could make his debut this year especially after finally taking on some contact in practice. He's not a must-stash player.
Mar 9 - 5:04 PM

Nerlens Noel has started going through 1-on-1 workouts in his rehab.

"He’s slowly doing a little more physical stuff," coach Brett Brown said. "He’s slowly doing a little more and you can play him against another body. I highlight the word ‘slowly’ and I highlight the word ‘cautiously,’ but he’s doing it." Noel still doesn't have a timetable to return, but taking on contact is a big step. He's not worth stashing in most leagues despite the complete mess at center for the Sixers.
Source: Daily Times
Mar 7 - 3:48 PM

Coach Brett Brown said Nerlens Noel (knee) is not ready to play yet.

"The boxes he has to tick...have yet to be ticked," Brown said. In truth, it would be silly for the tanking Sixers to put Noel on the floor this season unless he's 100 percent healthy. Barely more than a year removed from his ACL tear, that's unlikely. Noel projects as Brown's starting center and an immediate rim protector from Opening Night of next season.
Mar 7 - 1:21 PM

Beat writer Tom Moore senses the Sixers prefer Nerlens Noel (knee) sits out the entire season.

Noel has been spotted at practice working on post moves and shooting of late, but don't get the wrong idea. The tanking Sixers want to ensure his ACL is 100 percent healthy for next season, so squeezing him into the tail end of this season wouldn't make much sense. With Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen gone, the centers the rest of the way will be Arnett Moultrie and Byron Mullens.
Source: Phillyburbs
Feb 21 - 9:51 AM

Nerlens Noel (knee) was at practice on Thursday night.

He was at practice on Wednesday and presumably just did some shooting and dribbling on the side for the second day in a row. Noel still has not gone through contact, so he's still a long way from returning. Despite the trade of Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen, he's not worth stashing in almost any format until he starts to take on contact or has a target date to do so. We'd be surprised if Noel suited up at all this season.
Feb 20 - 1:35 PM

Nerlens Noel (knee) was at Wednesday's practice in full gear.

He was doing some dribbling and shooting baskets on the side, so he's still not ready for contact yet. The Sixers have very little incentive to bring him up at anything less than 100 percent. In fact, teammate Michael Carter-Williams said last week he thinks Noel is unlikely to play this year. Fantasy owners can leave him on the wire in almost all formats.
Feb 19 - 2:45 PM

76ers player development coach Greg Foster said his goal while working with Nerlens Noel (knee) is "giving him a go-to move on each block and maybe a counter."

"I don't want to confuse him with anything else," Foster said. The 19-year-old center shot 59.0 percent from the field during his lone season with Kentucky, but he was just 52.9 percent at the FT line and the Sixers are also attempting to rebuild his shooting mechanics from the ground up. He won't play this season but we should get our first glimpse of him in the NBA during the 2014-15 preseason.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 16 - 7:55 PM

Depth Charts

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PosRoleName
PG1Michael Carter-Williams
SG1James Anderson
2Tony Wroten
3Elliot Williams
4Jason Richardson
SF1Hollis Thompson
2Adonis Thomas
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Brandon Davies
3Arsalan Kazemi
4Jarvis Varnado
C1Henry Sims
2Byron Mullens
3Arnett Moultrie
4Nerlens Noel