NBA Scouting Report, Analysis and Predictions for Nerlens Noel

October 6th, 2012 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »
As the NBA athlete evolves, teams must look to adapt.

Over the last ten years we've seen a new breed of athleticism. Dwight Howard. LeBron. Russell Westbrook. Coaching staffs look for ways to combat physical disadvantages through strategy and game-planning. Ultimately, the most effective defense against this type of size, speed and explosiveness has been hiring qualified rim security.

Nerlens Noel's appeal as an elite NBA prospect stems directly from his ability to protect the goal.

With broad, sculpted shoulders and standing 6'11'' in sneakers, Noel has the cut upper body you and I both wish we had. He's got long arms and the foot speed and springs to cover enormous ground and aerial territory in order to track down loose rebounds, finish in transition or catch lobs at the ball's highest point. Being able to transport a body his size from point A to point B with speed and aggression triggers fear in penetrating guards and opposing frontcourts.

Athletically, he's explosive, launching his body at the rim either as a finisher or ball-stopper, making Noel an interior nightmare on both sides of the ball.


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