Philadelphia 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel will become a better basketball player by missing the entire 2013-14 campaign

As Derrick Rose has been proving, Nerlens Noel shouldn’t return until he is completely healthy.

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said on Monday that rookie Nerlens Noel could be inactive for the entire 2013-14 campaign.

Taken sixth overall in June’s draft out of Kentucky, the 19-year-old Noel suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last February.

Since undergoing the knife to repair the damage on March 12, Noel had been tentatively slated to resurface at some point in the winter.

“I doubt, everybody doubts that he’s going to play this year,” said Brown, 52, who was hired by Philadelphia in August. “We don’t want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it’s an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.”

The 6-foot-11, 206 pound Noel has been running and taking layups for nearly four months.

Only a year removed from the terrible acquisition of bat cave Andrew Bynum, indefinitely shelving the former Wildcat will infuriate 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.

Quick, fast, athletic and an amazing leaper and finisher around the rim, Noel has the potential to mature into one of the league’s premier big men within a few years.

Destined for a miserable season with or without The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s brother, Noel needs to gain bulk and refine his overall interior game.

Accordingly, expect Nerlens Noel to become a better ballplayer away from the hardwood by “(starting) a little bit from ground zero.”

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