"I doubt, everybody doubts that he's going to play this year," Brown said before the Sixers played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct.31, "We don't want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it's an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero."
Noel, the sixth pick in this year’s draft, was originally expected to return sometime after the Jan.1, as the timetable for his recovery from March knee surgery was initially set for six to eight months. He tore the ACL in his left knee while still at the University of Kentucky game in February.
If Noel is not completely, healthy sitting him the entire season is not the worst case scenario as the 76ers expect to be awfully bad and Noel relies a lot on his athleticism especially on the defensive end. Plus, he has not yet developed his post moves or any semblance of a midrange game.
The Sixers are retooling for the future as they slashed their payroll to the lowest in the league and are also one of the youngest teams in the league. The Sixers have just two players, Jason Richardson and Kwame Brown , over the age of 26 and 13 players on their training camp roster have less than 100 NBA games of playing experience.
Philadelphia plans on building on a top-four draft pick next season (whomever that maybe, the Sixers are hoping is Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins), Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young and perhaps Evan Turner.
Philadelphia acquired Noel and a protected 2014 first-round draft pick from the New Orleans Pelicans for point guard Jrue Holiday.