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Position
C
 
Jersey
4
Name  Nerlens Noel
Born  4/10/1994
Height  6-11
Weight  228
College  Kentucky
4/9/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Sixers center Nerlens Noel says he's 100 percent healthy, though he doesn't expect to play in any of Philadelphia's final five regular season games. SOURCE: Courier Times
Insight: The almost 20-year-old (his birthday's tomorrow) is now 14 months removed from ACL surgery. He should be the Sixers' starting center in 2014-15.
 
3/27/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia center Nerlens Noel (torn ACL) was part of a 4-on-4 scrimmage and impressed, according to a Delco Times report.
Insight: Noel still won't play this season, but if he's as good as expected and the Sixers draft well they could make a quick turnaround from their current disastrous season.
 
3/12/2014 1:57:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center Nerlens Noel (torn ACL) is not expected to play this season. SOURCE: Marc Narducci, Philly Inquirer
Insight: He was hoping to return on April 4th so he could debut against his hometown Celtics but that was always a bit of a longshot. Noel is definitely a part of the team's plans, just not this season.
 
3/11/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Sixers coach Brett Brown thinks practicing 5-on-5 by the end of the season is a realistic goal for Nerlens Noel (knee), according to beat writer Chris Vito.
Insight: Noel hasn't played since tearing his ACL at the University of Kentucky over a year ago, but a tweet he sent out Sunday indicated that he was targeting April 4 for a return. However, Brown's comments Tuesday suggest that the center won't be back this season.
 
3/9/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Nerlens Noel hinted on his Twitter account that his Sixers debut could come April 4th against Boston.
Insight: Noel hasn't played since tearing his ACL at the University of Kentucky over a year ago. He's not a big time scorer but when healthy, Noel can be a dominant shot blocker. When Noel comes back, he'll likely be on a minutes limit.
 
1/15/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel was cleared to resume basketball activities on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jeff Goodman, ESPN
Insight: Noel is hoping to make his NBA debut sometime in the next 4-to-6 weeks. It's been almost a year since he suffered a torn ACL while playing with the Kentucky Wildcats.
 
10/21/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia coach Brett Brown doesn't think rookie Nerlens Noel will be able to play this season. SOURCE: Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News
Insight: Noel tore his ACL about eight months ago and it could take him eight more months to get back to 100 percent. That's actually not the worst news in the world as the Sixers are trying to land the No. 1 pick in next year's draft.
 
7/24/2013 8:53:00 PM
Description: According to Delaware Online, a return by Christmas would be the best case scenario for Sixers rookie Nerlens Noel.
Insight: Noel still has a long way to go in his recovery from a torn ACL. When he returns, he'll compete with Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young for minutes in the Philadelphia frontcourt.
 
6/27/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: The Pelicans drafted Kentucky center Nerlens Noel with the sixth pick at Thursday's NBA Draft but they quickly traded him to Philadelphia for point guard Jrue Holiday.
Insight: Noel's health (he's still recovering from an ACL injury) is likely what prevented him from being taken in the top five. Noel's presence is a clear sign that the Sixers are moving on without Andrew Bynum. Skill-wise, Noel is an excellent shot blocker but his offensive game needs fine-tuning. He also needs to put on weight after weighing in at just 206 pounds at last month's NBA Combine.