With all the hype about the 2014 NBA Draft, Sixers fans are forgetting about last years No. 6 selection, Nerlens Noel. The standout freshman from Kentucky averaged 10.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks per game. Seriously, 4.5 blocks per game, that’s the definition of rim protection.
After missing the entire season recovering from a torn ACL from his lone season at Kentucky, Noel is going to join Michael Carter-Williams and two lottery picks on a youthful Sixers squad this season. It’s certainly a lot to be excited for and the 76ers fans are expecting a lot from Nerlens after sitting out a whole season. Most people are expecting Noel to come in and replicate the statistics he put up at Kentucky. Somewhere around 10 and 10 with two or three blocks per game.
His offensive game will take time to develop, but nothing changes about blocking shots when jumping to the NBA level. Remember, he will still be a rookie that hasn’t played basketball in over a year when he debuts in Summer League for the Sixers. Though, it’s positive that Noel will be getting a lot of on the court experience at both the Vegas and Orlando Summer League’s before he makes his official NBA debut when the 2014-2015 NBA season starts.
With this being said, I digged up his 2013 NBA Draft Scouting Report from DraftExpress.com and thought it would be wonderful if we all took a glance. It makes everyone remember how special of a prospect Nerlens Noel can be.