Nerlens Noel will have another opportunity to prove himself in the NBA. The 2013 first-round pick has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Noel, who spent most of the last two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, has battled injuries throughout his NBA career. He missed the entire 2013-14 season after knee surgery and was limited to 30 games this past year due to a thumb injury.
He also missed five games this past season due to a suspension for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program
Oklahoma City has signed Noel to a two-year deal with a player option for the second year, according to Yahoo's Shams Charania.
Noel's two most productive seasons came with the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that drafted him out of Kentucky five years ago. As a rookie in 2014-15, he averaged 9.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.8 steals per game.
The following season (2015-16), Noel averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per contest.
There is some talent there with Noel, he just has not proven himself to be a consistently reliable NBA player. Perhaps he can find his stride in OKC.