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April 23, 2015 Updates

Nerlens Noel received one third-place vote, becoming the first rookie to receive a Defensive Player of the Year vote since Iman Sumpert in 2012. Four other players received a lone third-place vote this year – Chris Paul, DeMarre Carroll, Hassan Whiteside, and Patrick Beverley. NBA.com

April 15, 2015 Updates
April 12, 2015 Updates

Nerlens Noel doesn't plan to shut things down before Wednesday's season finale against the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers rookie power forward/center suffered a game-ending right-ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's home loss to the Washington Wizards. He sat out Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls. "I think I will be good to play right before the season ends if I do feel good enough," he said Saturday. "We are just going to take it day by day." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 8, 2015 Updates

“I see a bright future,” said Noel, who should finish in the top three in the Rookie of the Year voting. “I think Joel is very dynamic. “You do really start to see the pieces come together. It’s still early. Me and Joel have to continue to get more reps.” The Intelligencer

April 2, 2015 Updates

Nerlens Noel said that when he called Ish Smith the first "true point guard I ever played with," it was not a knock on Michael Carter-Williams. "Nah, I'd never do that," the 76ers rookie said Wednesday about his former point guard. "He's a playmaker. There are times when you need a scoring point guard that's going to get in the lane, create and make scoring opportunities. Philadelphia Inquirer

April 1, 2015 Updates

Noel is flourishing with Smith, who was signed Feb. 22, at the point. “I want him back (next year),” Noel said. The Intelligencer

So Smith, a journeyman on his eighth team in five years, is the “first true point guard” even though Noel spent the first four months of the season with former AAU teammate/2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams? Noel repeated the line to a pair of reporters a few minutes later. Soon after, I approached Noel to see if he means he thinks his offensive development coincided with the Feb. 19 trade in which Carter-Williams was dealt to the Bucks for the Lakers’ top-5 protected pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. “I think there’s a lot more fluidity in the game,” Noel said. “I think there’s more balance. Guys are getting more shots. The ball’s not sticking and guys are having fun playing. When you’re out there having fun, you feel like you can do anything on both ends of the court.” The Intelligencer

March 31, 2015 Updates

Following the Sixers’ disappointing 113-111 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, Noel chose some interesting words when praising his teammate Ish Smith after the game. “I love that kid,” Noel (19 points, 14 rebounds) said of Smith (17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) post-game. “He just finds me whenever I’m open and honestly, he’s the first true point-guard I’ve ever really played with. And you know, he said I’m one of the alley-oop men—big men—he’s played with. So I think we compliment each other so well.” CBS Philly

March 29, 2015 Updates

Bob Cooney: Furkan Aldemir getting the start at center today for #Sixers. Brown wants for Noel to play power forward to get ready for next season. Twitter @BobCooney76

March 27, 2015 Updates
March 17, 2015 Updates

Until then, expect the Brett Brown-led Sixers to play hard. It's the only way they know how. "I love the direction that we're heading in," Noel said. "I love what Sam Hinkie is doing with our team: building through the draft, getting young guys and being very particular about the pieces that he brings into this organization. "I think this is going to be a very solid team in the next few years and we're just going to continue to grow together." ESPN.com

March 14, 2015 Updates

And what if the Sixers end up with Duke center Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns in the draft? They already have a core center in 7-footer Joel Embiid, who is sitting out his rookie season with a foot stress fracture. “I really hope nothing happens,” Noel said last week. “I like this team. I like what we're building. I hope we can stick together and continue to grow.” Noel is confident that he and Embiid — with Embiid likely playing power forward on offense and center at the defensive end — will turn out to be a terrific tandem. “Jo is going to get more and more healthy and more active,” Noel said. “I see things really taking shape (next season).” Still, Noel gets that “at the end of the day, it is a business. You always have to keep that in mind. You've just got to do what you've got to do, work on your thing.” The Intelligencer

March 12, 2015 Updates

Derek Bodner: Nerlens Noel (@Nerlens Noel) is putting up historic defensive stats. Gonna be a travesty if ROY voting is released and he barely gets sniff. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA

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