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Sixers completely rebuilding Nerlens Noel’s shot

Nov 6, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

Nerlens Noel AP

We’re not likely to see a potentially fun Michael Carter-Williams/Nerlens Noel pairing until next season — Noel is expected to miss this entire season recovering from ACL surgery he suffered at Kentucky last year.

But the Sixers are not wasting that down time — they are completely rebuilding his shot.

With a full year to put him in the gym and teach new habits, the Sixers have gone back to the basics with him, coach Brett Brown told Dei Lynam at

“I think we have the perfect environment to do it because we have a whole year,” Brown said. “We have taken him back to doing a lot of one-handed shooting. I can sense that he is shooting with two hands behind my back. But when he does that, the off hand comes in and elbows start flying. But when he does just one hand, he gets his elbow under it and it is a good looking shot….

“It is his future,” Brown said of Noel investing time in his shooting technique. “The first place you start is the free throw line because now he is going to turn and face. He really likes Kevin Garnett, a turn-and-face, jump-shooting big, and he aspires to be one of them even though he is a post player initially. I think the free throw is what carries over to the other parts of the game. And I hope we can get that right.”

In his year at Kentucky Noel almost never used his jump shot — he scored in transition or using his athleticism. When he got the ball in the post, back-to-the-basket, he didn’t have the strength to get to the basket and his footwork needed improvement, so it was jump hooks.

That will not fly in the NBA, he’s going to need the ability to score from 12-15 feet out with a face-up jumper, plus improve that footwork and touch around the rim.

So the Sixers have a full season to take him to school (and add some muscle). Which could mean next Summer League when Noel 2.0 is unveiled he looks very different than the guy we last saw at Kentucky.

  1. freeworld - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    this was always Brown strenght develop young players. doing good so far keep it up coach

  2. spursareold - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Bret Brown was a big part of the development team in SA.

  3. somekat - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I really like this kid, and think he is going to be a problem when he’s back next year. If the sixers don’t screw this up, they could be a very dangerous team 2 years from now, and a flat out scary team 3-4 years from now

  4. ryanrockzzz - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Yes, more good news coming from the Sixers. After years of ineptness, I think they are finally starting to get it right. Now to just bring back Pat Croce. haha

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    in the last twenty something years watching the sixers i cant remember an era where you can say they developed a young core of players. MCW…Noel…Turner…Even Thad is relatively young. Add two first rounders next year. Perhaps a solid free agent addition (considering these youngins dont make much $), and we have a very athletic team that has the potential to be together for a number of years

    it would be great for Philly to be able to rally behind the 76ers again. huge basketball town

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      I think I’m now finally starting to see the vision. Looks gooood. Didn’t care for it at first when the first shoe dropped (the Jrue trade) but it looks real goood.

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