Despite tweeting “4-4-14″ a couple of weeks ago, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel will not debut as a professional tonight against the Celtics in Boston.
The 19-year-old Noel, who was taken sixth overall out of Kentucky, hasn’t played competitively since tearing the ACL in his left knee in February 2013.
Although running and taking layups for roughly nine months, Noel was never going to be activated during the 2013-14 campaign.
Only a year removed from the terrible acquisition of Andrew Bynum, indefinitely shelving the former Wildcat has infuriated many Philadelphians.
However, recalling the plights of past busts Sam Bowie and Greg Oden, 76ers fans need to show “Brotherly Love” and let Noel mend.
Philadelphia’s 16-59 and it would have been nonsensical for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s brother to take the court at this point in the season.
Plus, away from the hardwood, Noel’s hopefully becoming a better ballplayer by gaining bulk and refining his overall interior game.
Quick, fast, athletic and an amazing leaper and finisher around the rim, the 6-foot-11, 206-pound Noel has the potential to mature into one of the league’s premier big men within a few years.
Michael Carter-Williams has impressed and the 76ers will land one of the top picks in June’s draft.
Hence, Noel, Carter-Williams and an elite collegian could make an exciting trio.
Regardless of how the 76ers are ultimately constructed, Nerlens Noel wasn’t needed in Philadelphia this spring.by