Posted June 27, 2013

Nerlens Noel selected No. 6 by Pelicans, then reportedly traded to 76ers

2013 NBA draft
Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel was a presence in the paint for Kentucky last season. (Getty Images)

The New Orleans Pelicans selected Nerlens Noel with the sixth pick in the NBA draft on Thursday and then reportedly traded him to the Sixers. Here’s a look at Noel.

Bio: Kentucky freshman center

Vitals: 7-0, 206 pounds

2012-13 Statistics: 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 2.1 steals, 59 percent shooting in 24 games.

Strengths: Noel, who will miss the start of his rookie season while recovering from ACL surgery in February, could have an immediate impact on the defensive end. He’s an explosive athlete who runs the floor well and proved to be a prolific shot blocker at Kentucky.

Weaknesses: Noel has acknowledged that his offensive development lags behind his defensive ability. He also needs to bulk up in order to withstand the pounding he’ll take in the paint over an 82-game season.

What Scouts Say: “He’s a game-changer at the defensive end, but I don’t ever see him being a 16-plus-a-night scorer. But Tyson Chandler was the second-best player on a title-winning team [with Dallas in 2011], and he can’t score either.”

 

10 comments
Hampton180
Hampton180

Damn, not a Pelicans fan or anything but I can do nothing but admire the potential of this team.  Solid PG and C already for the future.  Now all they need is a volume scorer unless Gordon sucks it up and eats his Po Boys.

phil223
phil223

seriously  pelicans need to  trade Eric Gordan   to the  Sixer for Nerlens  Noel

phil223
phil223

new Orleans  pelicans  should  trade eric  gordan  to    the sixer   for nerlens noel

phil223
phil223

please   make an  exchange for nerlen noel to new orleans for jrue holiday  re send  nerlen  noels to the pelicans an keep jrue holiday

AdrianFajardoBalquin
AdrianFajardoBalquin

I really dont understand why would they give up Holiday. I know for a fact that this is the end of Bynum in the City of Brotherly Love but c'mon, trading Holiday in exchange for Noel is too much of a headline just to hide the season-long Bynum problem. 


bubba23
bubba23

Seriously?  Can someone explain the logic of giving up Holiday?

mjlein
mjlein

Noel and Davis would have been an interesting combo, but if I'm the Pelicans I make this trade in a heartbeat.  Seems like the 76ers want an excuse not to re-sign Bynum, and they'll pay dearly for it by giving up Holiday.

thisIsMike
thisIsMike

@bubba23 I'd also add that being in the middle of the pack in the NBA is no man's land. It's purgatory. You rarely improve enough to get to a conference finals and you don't stink enough to get better through the draft. This was the best course of action for a franchise that has been around .500 for 9 years running now. 

I agree with the move. It gets them out of purgatory and a chance to start building toward something. The Sixers had traded away most of their assets (save for Holiday and Thad) last year in acquiring Bynum. That trade backfired miserably. They either could have continued to be late lottery or 8th seed or take a chance on the unknown. As a Sixer fan, I whole heartedly approve of the deal. I'm sad to see Jrue go but them's the breaks.

TedJ
TedJ

@bubba23

It's an attempt by the Sixers to tank for next year's deep draft - which includes Andrew Wiggins (considered by many to be the best draft prospect since LeBron James).

Losing Holiday makes the Sixers considerably worse to the point where they won't even come close to contending this year - but that's the point.  Word is, they also got a 1st round pick next year out of it too, so Noel, a 1st round pick next year, and tanking made easier.

It also ends any speculation that they would resign Andrew Bynum.  If you're planning on tanking, no point in signing Bynum - so I'm assuming they won't.

I'm not saying I agree with the move, but it is what it is.

misterdeltoid
misterdeltoid

@mjlein Why would they want or need an excuse not to sign Bynum?  Seriously, If they had signed me (an overweight 57 year old man), they would have gotten more.  No one in the Philly area will be upset by not bringing Bynum back (if that's the term you use for a player who never plays).  Most fans will be fine with a tank season and a chance to get some real talent in next years draft.  See you in 2014-2015.