Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sixers to introduce Nerlens Noel

76ers general manager Sam Hinkie will introduce rookie center Nerlens Noel during Tuesday's 1 p.m. press conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sixers to introduce Nerlens Noel

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Nerlens Noel. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Nerlens Noel. (Kathy Willens/AP)

76ers general manager Sam Hinkie will introduce rookie center Nerlens Noel during Tuesday’s 1 p.m. press conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Sixers acquired the rights to Noel, the sixth overall pick, in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for NBA all-star point guard Jrue Holiday during the NBA draft on June 27. The trade became official on July 12.

Noel, a 6-foot-11, 206-pounder who left Kentucky after one season, was a candidate for the first overall pick before slipping to sixth.  

He won’t be ready to play until December at the earliest after suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee. Before that, Noel was having an outstanding campaign, averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.4 blocked shots while shooting 59 percent from the field. He had a school-record 12 blocked shots against Mississippi last season.

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