Sixers Still Unsure when/if Rookie Nerlens Noel will Play this Season

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_f5fb7c38a7.jpgAndy Lyons/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- This Philadelphia 76ers may be in the midst of a historically bad stretch of basketball, but hope is on the horizon as rookie center Nerlens Noel is slowly but surely making his way back from a torn ACL. Noel has yet to play a single minute for the Sixers this season as he tore his ACL last season during his freshman year at Kentucky.

Despite the injury, the team traded point guard Jrue Holiday on draft night for the right to Noel, and have worked with him to get healthy and improved on the court. They just don't know when he'll play in a game.

"Whether we ever get to see him in a game this year, it really is, 'Who knows?'" Sixers head coach Brett Brown said via HoopsHype. "I've gone on (the) record to say I wish I could coach him and get some games under our belt with him. But the boxes he has to tick, the ones we've always talked about, those have yet to be ticked."

The Sixers are hoping Noel lives up to his potential as a relentless shot blocker and rim protector once he returns to the court. 

In his lone year at Kentucky, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.4 blocks per game.

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