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Nerlens Noel is one of the most disruptive rookie defenders of all-time, and he just dropped 30 points on arguably the league's most talented frontcourt. Still don't think the future is bright for the Philadelphia 76ers?
The Philadelphia 76ers were favored for the first time all season against the New York Knicks, and lived up to Vegas' expectations with a 97-81 win. Plays like this from Nerlens Noel are the main reason why.
22-year-old Frenchman, Rudy Gobert, got into a tiff with Nerlens Noel on Friday, but Rudy doesn't need to jaw with a peer to prove himself.
Nerlens Noel isn't exactly a behemoth – the lithe rookie is listed at a perhaps generous 228 pounds. And considering his well-established shot-blocking prowess, the best way to challenge him mano-a-mano really might be trying to power right through him. But Valanciunas doesn't have the length or explosive athletic ability to take a hit from Noel and stay elevated, let alone rise above him.
Nerlens Noel averaged 1.0 block per game in November. He swatted 1.5 shots in December, 2.2 in January, and is notching an impressive 2.8 blocks in February. Just what will the Philadelphia 76ers rookie rim-protector do for March?
Rudy Gobert had already embarrassed Nerlens Noel by absolutely swallowing the ambitious rookie's dunk attempt. The strut and stare-down that follows is down emasculating.
The Philadelphia 76ers aren't nearly as bad as casual NBA fans believe they are.
The Atlanta Hawks won their nineteenth consecutive game last night, setting a NBA record for most victories (17) over a calendar month in the process.
The gift and curse of first-year players is that their evolution is fluid.
Brook Lopez is hardly known for his explosive athleticism.
Jared Sullinger isn't exactly a high-flier.
Last night Nerlens Noel dropped Eric Bledsoe to the hardwood not more than 30 seconds into the Suns-76ers game in Philadelphia.
Apparently Nerlens Noel didn't take kindly to Eric Bledsoe insisting that the Kentucky Wildcats could beat the winless Philadelphia 76ers in a seven-game series.
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Philadelphia 76ers are two basketball programs with completely different goals this season.
Some would surely say that we've been devoting too much time to Nerlens Noel at this space in the season's early going, and there's merit behind that critique.
The Philadelphia 76ers didn't get the win over the Houston Rockets tonight, but Nerlens Noel should be proud of his performance nonetheless.
Comparisons to Anthony Davis for Nerlens Noel were never fair.
20 points, 19 rebounds, three assists – what a game for Jabari Parker.
Josh Smith got Nerlens Noel.