The Philadelphia 76ers used this draft to invest in the future, trading All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for two first-round picks and then taking point guard Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th overall pick. One of those first-round picks from New Orleans resulted in center Nerlens Noel, who fell all the way from No. 1 to 6 because of injury concerns.
Noel is almost ready to return to the court, according to ESPN, as he was cleared Wednesday to resume basketball activities and he returns from a torn ACL. He visited Dr. James Andrews, who said he was okay and ready to do drills in practice.
Noel, an elite shot blocker, figures to heavily in the team’s future. The same report suggests he will be ready to play in games following the All-Star Break, in mid-February, which would certainly provide a boost to the currently 12-25 Sixers.