Brett Brown broke the news earlier today that it is a strong possibility that Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel won’t see any game action this season. At least there won’t be a season-long guessing game as to the health of a big man this year (Andrew Bynum).
While some people will be thinking, “hear we go again,” the injury for the Sixers center should not be looked at negatively. This was a re-building year anyway. Some even say it was an attempt to tank by general manager Sam Hinkie and company. Noel being rushed back after an ACL injury which usually takes two full years to fully recover from would have been a foolish move for the both the organization and the player.
He is too important to the future of the franchise. Regardless, the Sixers aren’t going anywhere this year anyway and don’t have any expectation to so him missing the season is no big loss or hindrance to any playoff hopes.
The Sixers have a clear future focused plan in mind. They want to inadvertently be as bad as possible this year to have a chance at some of the top talents in a loaded 2014 draft class. Guys like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle will be at the top of Hinkie’s wish list.
In all honesty, Noel missing the season probably helps that cause. The Sixers after years of being mired in mediocrity finally have a plan. Build through the draft in an attempt to get that coveted superstar. We will see how that plan unfolds in May and June. Until then it may be a long and painful wait for Sixers fans.