Nerlens Noel was the Philadelphia 76ers first-round NBA draft pick and now are expecting the power forward to be out for the entire upcoming season as he recovers from knee surgery, according to coach Brett Brown.
YouWager experts learned that Philadelphia was not playing sit Noel — the No. 6 overall pick, who had surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee in March — for the entire basketball season. The 19 year-old suffered the injury Feb. 12 while playing for the Kentucky Wildcats.
The schedule for Noel’s recovery was initially set for six to eight months, which means this allowed him to return sometime in the middle of his rookie season.
In addition, Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, stated in June that Noel was ahead of schedule.
The 76ers slashed their payroll to the lowest in the NBA and left several holes on the roster with moves over the summer. Philadelphia is considering their future, and the conservative decision regarding Noel appears to be part of their plans.
The Sixers acquired Noel and a protected 2014 first-round draft pick from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. It was believed the Massachusetts native slid on some draft boards because of concern over his knee.