Jan 15, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel (3) practices before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 75-65. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Profile: Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel (center/power forward)


Height: 7’0”

Weight: 206 lbs

Wingspan: 7’3.75”

Max Vertical Leap: N/A (injured during NBA combine)

NBA Comparison:

Right now Noel’s closest comparison is to Chris (Birdman) Andersen. They both are tall, athletic, slender, with a gift for blocking shots, but both of their offensive games are limited to drop-off dunks, putbacks and transition baskets. However with significant work, Noel could end up compared to some of the legendary centers in the history of the NBA.


  • Ridiculously athletic in every facet with vertical and lateral quickness
  • Great on defense and with timing on his blocks
  • Lots of potential. Draft Express’ profile had this line, “It’s after all much easier to teach a player how to be solid on defense than it is to teach them how to block a shot with their elbow”. Just shows how explosive he can be on defense.


  • He is coming off of ACL surgery on his knee
  • He doesn’t have very much experience with only 24 games played in college.
  • Slight frame that doesn’t lend itself to banging down low in the post
  • His offensive game is almost non-existent at his young age

How he fits with the Suns:

Noel is one of the many pieces that the Suns need. He would help them get younger; bring more athleticism and defense, while still being able to run the floor to keep a semblance of an up-tempo offense. He will almost certainly go number one however, so Phoenix won’t have a chance at grabbing him.

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