Nerlens Noel has made peace with his lack of playing time as the Philadelphia 76ers continue to have a glut of centers.
“I think it will make me stronger mentally,” said Noel. “These last four years have been nothing but adversity, from getting hurt in college to getting drafted to the tough situation with all the losing.”
Noel was projected to be the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before he tore the ACL in his left knee.
On Sept. 25, Noel said that “it doesn’t make sense” for the Sixers to have three starting caliber centers in Noel, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor.
“I think my will has grown a lot,” Noel said.
“He’s been great,” Brett Brown said. “He’s been working hard to get in shape and understand what we are running. I think we are going to see him on the court more and more.”
Noel will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.