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Nerlens Noel | Center/Forward | #3

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/10/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 220
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (6) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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Dallas beat writer Eddie Sefko said that the Mavericks might play Nerlens Noel (thumb) when he's healthy to see if he can develop any chemistry with Dennis Smith Jr.
The Mavs called Noel their center of the future after acquiring him from the 76ers, but he's been in the doghouse for most of the season while losing minutes to guys like Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell. Giving Noel a chance to play could also increase his trade value if the Mavs don't intend to re-sign him this summer. He has some stash appeal, but only if you have an I.R. spot because he's out for "several weeks" after undergoing thumb surgery. Dec 14 - 9:42 AM
Source: SportsDay

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Nerlens Noel underwent surgery on his left thumb on Friday morning.

The Mavericks have not provided a timetable, but coach Rick Carlisle said on Dec. 6 that he expects Noel to miss "several weeks." He's been in the doghouse anyways, so his absence won't have an impact on the rotation. Once Noel is healthy again, it's unclear if the Mavs will give him a chance to play, but you'd have to think he's a candidate to be moved at the deadline.
Dec 8 - 2:19 PM

Nerlens Noel (left thumb) will have surgery and is expected to be out "several weeks," according to coach Rick Carlisle.

The Mavs have kept Noel off the court since Nov. 23 and the biggest news around him until today was him getting a hot dog at halftime on Saturday. Noel has really struggled to stay healthy and needless to say he may have some regrets from how his free agency was handled this summer. Salah Mejri should get some backup minutes as Dwight Powell has really stepped up as a combo big man.
Dec 6 - 6:08 PM

Nerlens Noel (thumb) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

Even when fully healthy, Noel only saw limited minutes off the Mavs bench. In the last seven games he has appeared in, Noel is averaging 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.6 minutes per contest. He may need a trade out of Dallas to salvage his fantasy season.
Dec 5 - 12:59 PM

Nerlens Noel (thumb) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Nuggets.

Even if he's cleared, there's no guarantee he'll step foot on the court, as he's been out of the rotation for a while now. Noel could eventually emerge towards the second half of the year, but he hasn't done enough to this point to warrant a hold in most leagues.
Dec 4 - 4:10 PM

Nerlens Noel said he has no idea if the Mavericks will give him an opportunity.

Noel got his fourth consecutive DNP-CD on Saturday, but at least he got a hotdog out of it. "I'm doing everything I need to, staying in shape, continuing to work on my game and working on the little things," Noel said. "It's frustrating at times. But I think I got laser focus right now for what I want to do and where I want to be. I'm anxious to play. When that comes, it comes." If things don't change soon, expect the rumor mill to heat up.
Source: SportsDay
Dec 3 - 10:13 AM

Nerlens Noel went to the media dining area at halftime to get a hot dog on Saturday.

Is a hot dog a sandwich? Anyways, Noel didn't play on Saturday, but he talked about the snack. "I needed some energy for the second half," Noel said. Coach Rick Carlisle also talked about the move. "I heard the hot dogs were very good," Carlisle said. "Hey, I may have had one, too. But I may have sent a ball boy." Noel is the fourth center, so he'll have to catch-up to get minutes.
Dec 2 - 6:33 PM

Nerlens Noel (left thumb injury) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers.

Very minimal fantasy impact here as, shockingly, Noel has fallen completely out of the Mavs rotation. He has been a DNP-CD in each of Dallas' last three contests.
Dec 1 - 1:41 PM

Nerlens Noel was a DNP-CD again on Wednesday.

Even with Salah Mejri missing some time after an early injury, Noel still couldn't get playing time. He's basically the fourth-string center.
Nov 30 - 12:23 AM

Nerlens Noel (left thumb) is available on Monday vs. the Spurs.

Noel hasn't been in the rotation, so he might not see the floor anyways. He's just a stash until he's out of coach Rick Carlisle's doghouse.
Nov 27 - 8:24 PM

Nerlens Noel (left thumb) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Spurs.

Noel is essentially out of the rotation right now, so his playing status won't have any meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Nov 26 - 4:31 PM

Nerlens Noel scored two points in four minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Hey, at least he didn't play only in garbage time, which has been the case in the last week and change. Salah Mejri has cooled off as far as making an impact goes, but Noel is still behind him for now. Maybe he gets a chance to play at some point, but it's really hard to stash him in 12-team leagues. It'll likely be a by-committee approach at center until late in the season.
Nov 23 - 1:19 AM

Nerlens Noel played six garbage-time minutes with two points and two rebounds against the Wolves on Friday.

He did not check in until 5:35 was left in the fourth with the game basically out of reach. Salah Mejri is clearly outplaying Nerlens Noel and the Mavs really don't have much interest in playing the former 76er. It's really hard to sign off on stashing a guy that is going to be a free agent after this year, so he's really just a luxury stash for those doing well. For the second year in a row, he probably needs a trade to save his value.
Nov 18 - 12:21 AM

Nerlens Noel played five minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday with one rebound and one turnover.

It's hard to make an impression in five minutes, but coach Rick Carlisle opted to go back to Salah Mejri after halftime at the expense of Noel. He's now played 13 total minutes over his last four games and is just a luxury stash at this point if your team is doing well in the standings.
Nov 14 - 11:37 PM

Nerlens Noel has played a total of eight minutes over Dallas' last three games including one DNP-CD.

Coach Rick Carlisle recently said that Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Noel, and on Sunday he talked about what he's looking for from his centers. "Competitiveness, care factor," Carlisle said. "Commitment to winning. Doing dirty work. Being there for your teammates. Those kind of things." Interpret this however you want, but it's starting to sound more and more like Noel is in the doghouse. It's hard to drop a player with his upside, but it's anybody's guess as to when Noel will be back in the rotation.
Source: Sportsday
Nov 13 - 10:01 AM

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PG1Dennis Smith Jr.
2Yogi Ferrell
3J.J. Barea
SG1Seth Curry
2Devin Harris
3Antonius Cleveland
SF1Wesley Matthews
2Dorian Finney-Smith
PF1Harrison Barnes
2Dwight Powell
3Maxi Kleber
4Josh McRoberts
C1Dirk Nowitzki
2Salah Mejri
3Nerlens Noel
4Jeff Withey
5Johnathan Motley