87ers Coverage: Norvel Pelle’s Mysterious Path To The NBA


Norvel Pelle is a name that is becoming recognized with his play on the Delaware 87ers. Pelle is third in the D-League in blocks at 3.3 BPG and has an insane defensive rating of 118.8.

But, who exactly is Pelle?

He never logged a NCAAB minute, he has never logged an NBA minute, or played in any professional contest of any sorts. But yet he was the No. 1 ranked high school center in the Class of 2011.

The Sevens obviously knew this and saw the upside in Pelle and selected him with the No. 6 pick in the NBA D-League draft. Pelle doesn’t even have any game film and said the following about his choice to go to the D-League:

“Just to fulfill my ultimate goal of going to the NBA, I ultimately needed some game film so I thought it would be best if I just entered my name into the D-League,” Pelle said.

The Delaware 87ers are giving Pelle the chance to get some game film and he’s been making quite the impression. His 10.3 points and 5.0 boards aren’t nearly as impressive as his impact on the defensive end.

According to stats.nbadleague.com, Pelle is the third best rim protector in the NBA D-League. Pelle is only playing 21.3 minuets per game, but he’s making an impact in the minutes that Coach Baker is giving him. His offensive game still needs to come around, but his impact on defense is undeniable. Especially with the NBA at a minimum with rim protectors, Pelle could have NBA teams calling his number soon.

Pelle’s 3.3 blocks per game are impressive and people will begin to notice the damage he is doing in Delaware. He’s still a raw prospect, but if he keeps performing at this level, NBA GM’s will start to take notice. Make sure to keep any eye on Pelle and his improvement as the D-League season moves on.

How good can Norvel Pelle be?

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