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Nerlens Noel’s Hard Rehab Road to Next Season

November 11th, 2013 at 11:08 AM
By Ryan White

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Rookie Nerlens Noel was on the Philadelphia 76ers “wish list” for talent as the team set out to rebuild this summer under the direction of newly acquired head coach Brett Brown. He had size, athletic ability and could be a real game-changer.

Also the 6'11" 206 pounds from New Orleans came at the expense of the 76ers trading all-Star point guard Jrue Holiday.

However, a torn ACL in February might keep him out the whole season but is in no hurry.

If Philly plays his rehab right, the young man could have a brighter future than any of his draft-day peers:

I think we have the perfect environment to do it because we have a whole year," Brown said. I want him to work on a face-up game with that quick first step so he can get to the rim, but he needs some semblance of a jumper to keep defenders honest

In fairness, the 9-year-old has just 24 games of college hoops under his belt. Known ability to protect the rim own for his defense

Less offense break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.

Rebounding is already a staple of his game; he averaged 9.5 in just 31.9 minutes a night last season.

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