Nerlens Noel Deserves to be Rookie of the Year

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The above image was put together by the Sixers, via Tom Moore, to show just how historic Nerlens Noel’s season has been so far. The Rookie of the Year momentum is turning, but it’s still in Andrew Wiggins’ corner (because points). But when you put Nerlens’ numbers up against those in history — and not just rookies — you can actually see his superstar potential on paper. This weekend, he had 38 points and 25 rebounds in two games (most came on Friday night). He’s been incredible to watch. And now, I can’t wait to hear all of the “just wait until they trade him” comments.

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20 Responses

  1. Remember when everyone was so pissed at Nerlens at the beginning of the season and just thought he’d be a rotational player, but never a superstar?

    1. Yes, me included. His performance will serve as a good reminder to have patience with younger players. Can you imagine if both him and Embid turn out to be stars? It would be awesome. Or in the words of K. Scott, it would be ostensibly fantastic.

    1. it’s not a sport, it’s a game played on ice that can be decided by a 3 1/2″ piece of rubber bouncing off someone’s skate.

  2. how can you compare other players in history just by basic numbers when Noel is playing a ton of minutes…If the stats were averaged by minutes per game then it’d be a fair comparison. Noel wasn’t drafted to be this 25 ppg guy and when they have players that are surrounding him, his numbers will go down, which is fine because he’s really not supposed to be the scorer…

    1. he’s only averaging 30 mins a game. put that into perspective…Aldridge and Lebron are playing 36 mins, Westbrook 34 mins, Pau 35 mins.

  3. This guy could not hold Wilt’s j0ckstrap. BTW, did I tell you Wilt was the first black guy to live on Cobb’s Creek Parkway?

  4. Not only is Jim’s writing bad, but he’s turned into an annoying passive aggressive loser Sixers fan. Lose the sweatpants and look at the standings, dork. The Sixers suck. They might or might not have 1 good player.

    Hooray!

  5. Jim’s editor here. Some good points, even though I edited this in a rush this morning. Some color:

    “The above image was put together by the Sixers, via Tom Moore, to show just how historic Nerlens Noel’s season has been so far. [good] The Rookie of the Year momentum is turning, but it’s still in Andrew Wiggins’ corner (because points). [technically fine, but a little weak] But when you put Nerlens’ numbers up against those in history — and not just rookies — you can actually see his superstar potential on paper. [“those in history” is wishy washy, “previous greats” would’ve been better] This weekend, he had 38 points and 25 rebounds in two games (most came on Friday night). [I added this this morning] He’s been incredible to watch. And now, I can’t wait to hear all of the “just wait until they trade him” comments. [fine]”

  6. As the conclusion of the season inches nearer with only 12 games remaining on the Philadelphia 76ers 2014-15 slate, the whispers of Nerlens Noel gaining ground as this year s top rookie have grown into a legitimate argument, and it s one that s beginning to sway in favor of Philly s box-top rim protector.

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