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Nerlens Noel - PF/C, 6'11, 228
Dallas Mavericks - Acquired via trade in February 2017
       Date of birth: 04/10/1994
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 6th pick, 2013
     Out of: Kentucky
  NBA Experience: 4 years
  Hand: Right

2013 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 6th overall by Philadelphia.
10th July, 2013 NBA Draft rights traded by New Orleans, along with a 2014 first round pick (#10, Elfrid Payton), to Philadelphia in exchange for Jrue Holiday and the draft rights to Pierre Jackson (#42).
16th September, 2013 NBA Signed four year, $14,329,730 rookie scale contract with Philadelphia. Included team options for 2015/16 and 2016/17.
30th October, 2014 NBA Philadelphia exercised 2015/16 team option.
28th October, 2015 NBA Philadelphia exercised 2016/17 team option.
30th November, 2016 D-League Assigned by Philadelphia to Delaware 87ers of the D-League.
1st December, 2016 D-League Recalled by Philadelphia from Delaware 87ers of the D-League.
2nd December, 2016 D-League Assigned by Philadelphia to Delaware 87ers of the D-League.
7th December, 2016 D-League Recalled by Philadelphia from Delaware 87ers of the D-League.
23rd February, 2017 NBA Traded by Philadelphia to Dallas in exchange for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a protected 2017 first round pick (converted to 2017 and 2020 second round picks; #36, 2017, Jawun Evans).
25th August, 2017 NBA Re-signed by Dallas to a one year, $4,187,599 contract.
When: Where:
2012 - 2013 Kentucky (NCAA)
June 2013 New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
June 2013 - February 2017 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
February 2017 - present Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
From blog:

   2017 NBA Manifesto

Nerlens Noel
PF/C, 6’11, 228lbs, 23 years old, 4 years of experience

Worth the risk (for both contract and attitude reasons) on a team that sorely lacked for athleticism and even more sorely lacked for rebounding, both of which he can very much call strengths. Noel represents the athletic potential-laden big they have sought after for so many years, With the trade market for him having been so poor prior, it is unlikely that the free agent market will be all that amazing a few months later; never-theless, Noel will cost money to keep. And this is what years of trying to spend a lot of money was designed for.

Player Plan: Entering restricted free agency. Match any offer, and hope to get him for nearer $80 million than $100 million.

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   The increasing value of 1st-round picks

[...] The lure of first-round picks is in what they can yield, not what they always do. It is well established, of course, that many first-round picks are failures relative to expectation, and this is truer the lower they are. However, first-rounders can yield star talent, star talent that has no choice but to sign with you. It can yield quality role players for basement prices, and it can yield contributors in any form you choose. Most importantly, however, first-rounders are always young and cheap. Bad teams need this to get good, and good teams need this to stay good when the market forces and punitive luxury taxes designed to break them up necessitate they cut costs. Talent is talent, but cheap, young talent is the best type of talent.

Back at the start of the summer, Utah took on a whopping $25 million in salary that it didn't want in the forms of Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush, purely to acquire two first-round picks and three second-round picks from the Golden State Warriors. The Jazz did this because it was more beneficial to their long-term rebuilding goal to target first-round picks, and that amount of money is now the cost of acquiring them. Or at least, it should be. First-round picks should be a valued commodity, much more than they were. Now, it seems as though they finally are.

A cursory look at the market indicates this change in philosophy. The last few deals to have included first-round picks include:

- Washington trading a pick (top-12 protected in 2014, top-10 protected through 2019, thereafter unprotected) along with Emeka Okafor in exchange for Marcin Gortat.

- Indiana trading a pick (lottery protected through 2019, thereafter unprotected) along with Miles Plumlee and Gerald Green in exchange for Luis Scola

- Boston acquiring first-rounders in all of 2014, 2016 and 2018 as a part of the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett deal

- New Orleans acquiring Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson in exchange for the rights to Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick

- Toronto acquiring a 2016 first-round pick from New York -- along with two second-round picks, Steve Novak and Marcus Camby -- in exchange for Andrea Bargnani

In that list, we mostly see first-rounders traded for quality. Hall of Fame players like Pierce and Garnett, fringe All-Stars like Holiday or non-lottery picks for a legitimate starting center in Gortat. The ones where we don't see that -- the deals for Scola and Bargnani -- therefore stand out as bad deals for that reason. The inclusion of the first-round picks in each instance leaves the recipient team drastically overpaying for backup-caliber forwards. And if he's not re-signed or extended, the Gortat deal might join them.

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   2014 Summer League rosters - Philadelphia

Nerlens Noel - Noel will be the best player from the 2013 draft, barring more significant injuries. There is no reason why this as-near-as-is 7 footer with wingspan, athleticism, instincts, anticipation, body control and hustle should not average 10 points and 3 blocks per game at his peak. The offensive end is less certain, as is the fit alongside Joel Embiid, but that's all stuff that can be worked out down the right. As of right now, the Sixers landed the two best talents in back-to-back drafts without a number one overall pick to do so. And the fact that both have been injured sufficiently to keep the tank open is even better.

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