The Philadelphia 76ers have had a logjam of big-men in recent years, but have yet to make any necessary moves. In fact, they’ve been acquiring even more throughout the draft.
So far this season, Sixers’ F/C Nerlens Noel has been a common name through various trade rumors. Noel has been unhappy with his current situation in Philly, especially with the amount of playing time he’s been receiving. In late November, he complained during an interview about his “limited” time on the court, and it seemed at that point that he wanted out.
There are many upsides to having a guy like Nerlens. In just his third year, he’s averaged just over 10 points and almost 8 rebounds per game throughout his career. Despite those numbers, he still needs work on his post moves. Being listed at 6’11” and 230 lbs, he can still push people around in the paint, even though he’s slightly underweight.
Noel is also quite athletic for his size as well, and plays very good defense. With some good coaching, Noel could be a menace on both sides of the ball.
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Ben Simmons should be the SF/PF of the future for the 76ers, as he was drafted number-one overall last year. Although Simmons is currently injured, he is supposed to return very soon. Simmons has been compared to Lebron James by many people, so you’d think that he should become a star at some point. Right now, Simmons is behind both Nerlens Noel and Ersan Ilyasova in the rotation, and is probably not getting as many minutes as the Philly management would like. He, Joel Embiid, and Jahlil Okafor are the young crop that the 76ers hope to build around.
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Sadly for the Los Angeles Lakers, they overpayed a center last offseason. They signed Timofey Mozgov to a 4 year, 64 million dollar contract, but they needed a center, so it made a little sense.
Los Angeles needs depth, and of right now the backups at the two big positions are Larry Nance Jr. and Tarik Black. Nance is averaging 7 points per game, and Black is averaging 6 points per game. That steady career average of 10 per game for Noel would be an upgrade to both of the aforementioned players.
Not surprisingly enough, the Lakers are unwilling to give up any of their talented youth. This includes D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and their newest lottery pick Brandon Ingram. While I agree, the Lakers should keep these players, since they don’t have much else to give to make a trade. Especially considering that Philly already owns one of their first round draft picks. It would be good for both teams to make some type of trade, but it just seems hard for them to come to an agreement that works well for both teams.