The New Orleans Pelicans have selected Nerlens Noel with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Noel, a freshman center out of Kentucky, averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last year. But it was defensive numbers and size that turned heads. At 6' 11" and with a 7' 4" wingspan, Noel averaged 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game in his one season at Kentucky, and was the consensus top pick in most mock drafts. However, he is recovering from a torn ACL and has a very slender 206-pound frame, which for a defensive-minded player does not bode well against the bigger centers in the league. He has virtually no offensive game, but he is as good of a defensive prospect the league has seen for a number of years.
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