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Noel could be an absolute steal.
Noel's recent ACL injury raises some questions, but he's expected to make a full recovery. If that's the case, then he's one of the few potential home runs in this draft.
Noel has plenty of room to grow offensively—his game on that end of the court is limited to mostly jump hooks and straight-line drives—but he's the best athlete in the draft and a potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate down the road.
Noel will have to bulk up a bit to hold his own in the paint, but he projects to be an elite shot-blocker/rim-protector in the mold of Larry Sanders.
Noel averaged 2.5 steals and 5.4 blocks per 40 minutes this season. The only other collegiate centers in history to average more than two steals and five blocks per 40 minutes were Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson (they each did it twice via CanisHoopus.com).
And now the bad: The Philadelphia 76ers had to give up Jrue Holiday, their 23-year-old All-Star point guard, in the trade to get him. But when you consider that they got Noel and a lightly protected pick (just No. 1 through No. 3) in a stacked 2014 draft, it was a good trade for the 76ers.
If the Noel knee injury hurts the 76ers the way that Andrew Bynum's did, then this could end up being a franchise-killer. But as it stands now, the 76ers did a great job positioning for the future.