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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 (illness) returned to practice on Tuesday and he will be available for Thursday's preseason finale.
Noel battled an upper respiratory infection for nearly a week but seems to have recovered, and he said he didn't lose any weight due to the illness. His durability is a question mark, given his lanky frame and high-flying style, but he has tantalizing upside as a rebounder and defensive menace. Oct 21 - 3:05 PM

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Nerlens Noel (illness) will not play against the Nets on Monday night.

Coach Brett Brown said that he's not concerned about Noel missing time because the rookie has been practicing. Noel has been out since Oct. 15 and has missed three games, but he should be ready for the season opener. Fantasy owners can target him in the middle rounds. Arnett Moultrie has stepped it up while Noel has been out.
Oct 20 - 12:08 PM

Nerlens Noel (illness) is out again on Saturday against the Magic.

He has been battling an upper respiratory infection and could not recover in time for Saturday's game. The 76er's are not going to risk the health of their young stud, so the writing was on the wall for this one. Noel has had a strong preseason so far and it doesn't appear that his knee has limited him at all. If you are willing to take a gamble on him in the middle-rounds, he could be an awesome value pick as the season progresses.
Oct 18 - 6:00 PM

Nerlens Noel (illness) will not play in Thursday's exhibition game against Boston due to an upper respiratory infection.

Noel missed the latter half of Wednesday's practice with flu-like symptoms and will take Thursday off to recuperate. The illness is nothing for fantasy owners to worry about as Noel has looked solid during the preseason and is a high-risk, high-reward pick in the mid-rounds of standard leagues.
Oct 16 - 11:22 AM

Nerlens Noel expects to play on Thursday despite missing Wednesday's practice due to illness.

Noel played through a fever on Tuesday but you couldn't tell by watching him play, as he racked up 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block in 34 minutes. He's likely to start at power forward, which may spare him some physical abuse from the league's centers, and he has impressive fantasy upside with an undercurrent of injury risk.
Oct 15 - 1:58 PM

Nerlens Noel hit 3-of-5 shots for 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in 34 minutes of Tuesday's start.

He was playing through a sore thigh and that's a very solid line. The Sixers are going to struggle all season, and Noel will have some off nights, but he's already looking like a reliable big man in fantasy.
Oct 14 - 10:06 PM

Nerlens Noel (thigh) has been practicing for the past two days and coach Brett Brown plans to play him in Tuesday's preseason game.

The Sixers are going to take every precaution with Noel but this injury is clearly a non-issue from a drafting standpoint. Noel has been getting picked up as a low-end No. 1 center in drafts and is a bit of a risk-reward guy in his first NBA season.
Oct 13 - 10:01 PM

Nerlens Noel said he's taking it "day by day" as he recovers from a thigh bruise he suffered on Monday.

Noel played on Wednesday but was rested for Friday's exhibition as a precaution, even though he would "most likely" have played if it had been a regular-season game. The Sixers are particularly concerned about his ability to stay healthy given his lean 6'11", 216-pound frame. "We are on point with his chef," said coach Brett Brown. "We are on point with his weight. We are on point every day with weighing him in and weighing him out, and hydration is a big part of that." His thigh injury isn't a serious concern but this is a reminder that Philly will treat their prized big man with the utmost caution.
Source: CSN Philly
Oct 12 - 6:31 PM

Nerlens Noel (precautionary, right thigh) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

The Sixers are listing Noel as day-to-day, and not much should be read into them resting Noel for a meaningless preseason game. Noel has the potential to be an elite shot blocker in the league, and he's been getting scooped up in the mid-rounds of drafts. He profiles as a low-end No. 1 center in standard leagues.
Oct 10 - 7:12 PM

Nerlens Noel hit 5-of-13 shots on his way to 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 31 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Hornets.

Al Jefferson isn't known for his defense and was a good match up for Noel tonight. He had four points, six boards and a block on just 2-of-9 shooting in his first preseason game, so tonight's line shows marked improvement for the rookie. He'll struggle at times this season, but could easily be one of the best players on the Sixers and should be drafted as a low-end No. 1 center option.
Oct 8 - 10:13 PM

Nerlens Noel hopes to "slow down" his game after a shaky preseason debut on Monday.

"I'll look to really slow down on a lot of moves and just be more poised and confident," Noel said. The Sixers' prized center made only 2-of-9 shots vs. Boston on Monday, adding six rebounds, one block and four turnovers before fouling out in 27 minutes. His FT shooting will hurt fantasy owners all year, and there's a steep learning curve for rookie big men, but Noel has enough upside to warrant a mid-round pick.
Oct 8 - 1:44 PM

Nerlens Noel started slow in his preseason debut on Monday, making just 2-of-9 from the field for four points with six boards, one assist and one block in 27 minutes.

He missed both attempts from the line and he had a bit of a rude awakening tonight. Noel was not used to the speed of the game and he seemed surprised to see so many of his dribbles being contested. He's a mid-round target in standard leagues.
Oct 6 - 11:14 PM

76ers coach Brett Brown admitted that he's concerned about Nerlens Noel's ability to physically withstand the rigors of an 82-game season.

"We are all going to have to hold our breath a little bit as he starts to put on weight and starts to handle that side of the NBA physically," said Brown. "It is a worry for me because he plays so active in the air. But you turn him loose, and you wind him up. He is easy to motivate to play defense, and to see him interact with his teammates [during Tuesday's practice] was great." Noel's FT percentage will likely be a killer, but he should be a fun player to own as a starting big man on the up-tempo Sixers.
Source: CSN Philly
Oct 1 - 1:20 PM

Nerlens Noel said he's working on his 15-foot jumper this preseason.

He probably wants to work on his set shot from 15 feet because he only made 52.9 percent at the line at Kentucky and was right around that mark at summer league. Noel scored the vast majority of his buckets around the rim, so there will be some growing pains with his offensive arsenal. He could be worth a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts, but his percentages will likely be sub-par.
Oct 1 - 12:22 AM

Nerlens Noel said he's not worried about being undersized in the paint.

"I'm going to fight. I don't think I'm a soft kid," Noel said. He'll have no restrictions and will be in the starting frontcourt next to Henry Sims, so he'll need to play well in the low post. Noel dominated at summer league, but the bigger NBA bodies will likely give him some trouble. He's a decent target in the middle rounds as long as you're not reaching and are aware of his troublesome free throw shooting.
Sep 29 - 11:46 AM

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PosRoleName
PG1Michael Carter-Williams
2Tony Wroten
3Alexey Shved
4Casper Ware
SG1K.J. McDaniels
2Elliot Williams
3Jordan McRae
4Malcolm Lee
SF1Hollis Thompson
2Luc Mbah a Moute
3Jason Richardson
4Chris Johnson
5Ronald Roberts Jr.
PF1Nerlens Noel
2Brandon Davies
3Jerami Grant
4Arsalan Kazemi
C1Henry Sims
2Arnett Moultrie
3Joel Embiid