Sixers officially announce picking up third year options next year in MCW and Nerlens Noel, and picking up 4th year for Wroten
Sixers exercised options on Noel, Carter-Williams and Wroten.
That sample size is really low, Pacers didn't get a whole lot of dribble penetration last night, but that defense is why Noel so valuable
The Nerlens Noel shooting display has taken a step back tonight. 2-11 from the field and 2-6 from the line.
Nerlens Noel has been spectacularly unimpressive. Not much explosion. No flashes of anything. Just another tall skinny run and jump guy.
Noel hits two FTs to give Sixers a 59-56 lead
Sixers up 51-48 at half. Forced 12 turnovers. Shot 21-for-43. Wroten leads with 13, Davies with 10. Noel has 4 points, 5 rebounds 2 blks
One dribble and two strong steps to basket is move Noel has to perfect. That's what coaches want him to do.
Noel stat line: 4 pts, 2-2 shooting, 0-2 FT, 3 rbs, 2 blks, 1 TO. Pacers lead 38-34 with 6;36 left in half
Nice athletic put-back dunk by Noel to close the gap to four (38-34)
Nerlens block. Nerlens follow-up. This is why you watch this season.
Noel's foul shooting form has gotten so much worse since Summer League.
Can't have Noel get quick third here
Davies has 3, Noel 2 and Sims 2. Big man foul trouble for Sixers
Schved only available player not to see action yet. Davies, Noel and Sums all with 2 fouls, still 4 minutes to go in first.
Early line for Noel, 2 pts (1-for-1 shooting), 2 rebounds and 1 blocked shot in seven minutes.
Noel first NBA bucket, McDaniels first NBA minutes (along with JaKarr Sampson)
Nerlens Noel demands a triple team?
Sims and Noel both have two fouls - not good.
Nerlens got that foul due to bad rebounding technique.
Hibbert still very hesitant on what to do with basketball down low. Noel now also has 2 fouls. 7:24 to go in first
Noel first block
If a Pacer finds himself going against Noel defending, a pump fake will probably do the trick. He's a little hyped
First foul on Noel
Tough matchup for Nerlens tonight. Hard to put him on Hibbert with size difference, and Scola will pull him away from hoop.
This will be Noel's NBA regular-season debut. Missed all of last season rehabbing knee.
Also, expect Nerlens Noel to try to make a track meet out of his matchup tonight w/ Luis Scola. As Brett Brown describes, Noel "is a deer."
I think most fans would only recognize 3 of the 10 starters in tonight's Pacers-Sixers game (Hibbert, Scola, Noel) if they walked by them.