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.