Jul 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie introduces first round draft pick center Nerlens Noel during a press conference at PCOM. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Nerlens Noel Introduction: Takeaways and Quotes

Earlier this afternoon, the Sixers officially introduced Nerlens Noel in a press conference.

Noel quickly applauded the savvy of GM Sam Hinkie, even calling him a genius, for pulling off the move on draft night that reunited him with his former AAU teammate, Michael Carter-Williams.

The media went on to switch the topic to the draft night fall of Noel. Once projected as the top overall pick, the 7-footer from Kentucky fell all the way to the New Orleans Pelicans at sixth before being traded to Philadelphia.

When addressing the slip, Noel had this to say.

“It’s more of a motivation thing and it’s going to drive me to be the great player that I want to be.”

Even better news for Sixers fans is that Nerlens does not plan to simply living up to the expectations of being the No.6 pick in the draft. “I want to keep pushing and keep working so I can be a complete player,” Noel said when addressing his goals.

With the introduction now official, Nerlens Noel’s time in Philly has begun.

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