Nerlens Noel was supposed to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft. That clearly did not happen and he finally went to the Philadelphia 76ers sixth overall. The former Kentucky Wildcat will prove people wrong.
Going down with a knee injury did not help Noel’s draft stock, along with Kentucky being such a disappointment last season. Still, Noel was arguably the best player on the team and he has the talent to be great in the pros.
When Noel is healthy and ready to go, who knows how much minutes he will receive, but it should not take that long for him to be a starter.
The 6’11” center is a great defender and his 9.5 rebounds per game, 4.4 blocks per game and 2.1 steals per game in his only season in college prove that.
So many people–including myself–compared him to Anthony Davis and that went up in flames. Noel is not Davis, but now neither is playing for Kentucky, so Noel can be his own player without having to live up to expectations that one of the greatest players in college basketball set–for one season that is.
The 76ers are currently in rebuilding mode, but they landed some great players in the draft, which should help them out a lot going forward. Noel will be expected to do the most, though.
He may not be an elite scorer, but he could easily be a great defender right off the bat and one of the best defenders in the NBA with some time.
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