The Philadelphia 76ers are in the midst of some dark times. Sure, they brought this on themselves in one of the most obvious and “successful” tanking efforts in the history of the NBA and the draft lottery process. However, this season is based on there being hope for the future regarding this franchise.
While having one of the top picks in a loaded 2014 NBA Draft is obviously huge for the Sixers, their biggest star on the near-horizon is getting the young, dynamic big man Nerlens Noel on the floor. Last month, Noel sent out a cryptic tweet that hinted at him making his debut for the 76ers on April 4. With that being just one day away, though, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to be the case.
According to a report from CSN Philadelphia, Noel more than likely won’t make his debut for the 76ers this season. Instead, we likely won’t see the big man in action until the team sends their youngsters to Las Vegas for NBA Summer League. That hasn’t stopped the organization for raving about him, though.
In the report, head coach Brett Brown raved about the things that Noel can do on a basketball court. He talked about how Noel’s athleticism, shot-blocking, and willingness to learn have left him impressed. What has really wowed Brown and the Sixers, though, is the toughness and competitive-drive of the young big man.
There are obviously going to be growing pains for Noel in the NBA. The last time we saw him, there were clear holes in his offensive game and he’ll almost surely need time to adapt to the style and speed of the NBA. However, if you’re a 76ers fan desperately clinging to the future through this abysmal season of horrendousness, Noel is a great place to keep your focus.