The Sixers’ official website has reported that the team has offically signed 2013 first round draft picks Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams.
Noel and Carter-Williams were the 6th and 11th overall picks, respectively, in the 2013 draft. Noel was acquired along with a 2014 first round draft pick from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and a 2013 2nd rounder.
The 6′ 11” Noel will hopefully bring a strong offensive and defensive presence to the Sixers. He was in contention for the top pick in the 2013 draft, but knee issues caused his draft stock to drop.
Carter-Williams will likely fill the role Jrue Holiday left behind. He is 2 inches taller and about 20 lbs lighter than Holiday, so hopefully he’ll be able to build on his frame. Most of all, Carter-Williams will attempt to fill the dynamic role Holiday had with Philadelphia, performing as the team’s playmaker – both by scoring and giving teammates great opportunities to score.
Oh yeah, and there was that one time Jrue dunked on LeBron James.
The terms of the deal as per team policy have not been disclosed.
This is a huge part of the Sixers’ future. Another key part will be the summer of 2014, when the Sixers will have 2 first round draft picks. Fightin For Philly author Mike Townsend wrote a piece about how important the summer of 2014 will be to the Sixers.
Philadelphia fans hear knee injury and instantly have flashbacks of the nightmare that was the Andrew Bynum ordeal. Hopefully Noel actually plays a game in his time with the Sixers, and hopefully Carter-Williams is able to grow into a playmaker.