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Nerlens Noel impresses on the defensive end in second Summer League outing with Sixers (VIDEO)

Jul 9, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

Nerlens Noel was impressive in his Summer League debut for the Sixers, scoring 19 points and looking every bit like one of the top talents to emerge from the 2013 NBA Draft.

He sat out the team’s second game in Orlando as a precaution, but was back at it on Tuesday and continued his strong play, which was more focused on the defensive end this time.

Noel was constantly in the right place at the right time, blocking and altering shots while coming up with some steals at the same time. He managed just eight points in this one, but finished with six rebounds, two steals and three blocked shots in just under 24 minutes of action. He’s also a combined 9-of-9 from the free throw line over these first two games.

His speed, quickness and agility are what perhaps jump out at you the most, especially for a player his size. Should Noel be able to stay healthy and continue his development, no one will question the Sixers decision to sit him out all of last season. And similarly, no one will doubt GM Sam Hinkie’s willingness to take a comparable injury risk in this year’s draft by selecting Joel Embiid with the third overall pick.

  1. areyesrn - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    any chance that he’s going to be Rookie of the Year?

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      With the way Sixers going, they could have Rookie Of Year for next 6 years

    • brento1499 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      it could definitely happen but i think randle or parker are more likely candidates

  2. sasquash20 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    It is just summer league but Im getting excited for the future of this kid. Him and Embiid could be a sick combo for years to come(if healthy)

  3. stephenlin - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    I’m not even a Philly fan, but I’m so excited to see Noel and Embiid play and grow!

  4. bigmeechy74 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Pelicans could’ve had him and the #10 pick this year… but hey they got Jrue Holiday!!! Awesome! LOL

    • udkidd - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Pelicans seemed to be built to win last year. Injuries are not able to be predicted. Healthy, the team they had last year should have been better. Anthony Davis is a beast. It was a gamble and I am sure they didnt think they would have been receiving the #10 pick. More likely they thought they would be in the low 20’s. Essentially they were trading an injured player for young 23 yr old PG coming off an All Star year that was locked up in a reasonable contract for the next few years.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        That “all star” year was kind of fool’s gold. Let’s be honest. And Anthony Davis being a beast at age 19 was precisely the reason they didn’t need to make rash moves. They should be trying to build a young nucleus, not trying to make the 8 seed so they can lose in the first round.

  5. campcouch - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Philly did right by sitting him the whole season and not bending towards the end. Things look up again.

  6. calkinsrob - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    did aaron craft get drafted?

  7. enigma2742 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    if embiid and noel become all star type players you heard it hear first they will be a laker

  8. jimsjam33 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Nerlen Noel will be a bust . He’s 6’10 and 206 pounds . In the NBA he can’t guard any center or power forward n the league . Sit him down for another year and put him on a weight training program and put him on the front end of the buffet line .

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