Nerlens Noel was expected to miss extended time in his rookie season, but it now appears as if he could sit out the entire year.
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said that Noel’s knee recovery has been slow and hinted toward the possibility of the center sitting out the remainder of the year, according to Sam Amico of FOXSports.com.
If Noel can come back healthy for his second season, this won’t be the worst outcome for the Sixers. They did trade a valuable point guard in Jrue Holiday for Noel’s services, but the team does not expect to compete this season.
Philadelphia is considered the worst team in the Eastern Conference, and they’ll likely land in the lottery with or without Noel. In fact, the team, which stripped down its roster, has been accused of tanking on multiple occassions.
Looks like there’s a good chance the Sixers will be in position to land Julius Randle or even one of the Harrison twins in next June’s NBA Draft.
Still, it’s very sad to see Noel potentially miss his entire rookie season, and it only reinforces the decision to turn pro rather than come back to UK last year.
Had he come back and missed the entire NCAA season, he would have likely seen his NBA Draft stock free-fall, and now being the No. 6 overall pick this year looks like a great deal for Noel.
Get well soon big man!