The Philadelphia 76ers are so bad even an MVP such as LeBron James couldn’t help them this year. This might appear to be a really bad joke, but this year’s team has been so awful that even a healthy lineup and Nerlens Noel wouldn’t make a difference.
Noel would give the Sixers a presence in the middle, but it wouldn’t be enough the help them. With all the problems they’re encountering adding Noel would make this season more chaotic. Putting pressure on a rookie center who was out half his college career would make it tough for Noel to perform well.
He would also have tough time enduring wear and tear of an 82-game schedule playing as many minutes as teammate and rookie Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams is beginning to hit a rookie wall. Plus, Noel wouldn’t have enough time to work on his offensive game.
During his current rehab stint he’s been working on his shooting and strength training. The time off gives Noel the ability to polish areas his game lacks such as free-throws and a jump shot.
At Kentucky he protected the paint with his stingy defense, but his offense was limited. Noel averaged 10.5 points and shot 52.9-percent from the line. Coach Brett Brown would have created plays around Noel which is something Noel would have struggled with.
Luckily for Noel, the Sixers have given up this season in preparation for the next one. They’ll be signing some major free agents with their available salary cap space as well as drafting a top pick this summer. Noel would have been playing limited minutes and not being effective enough this season.