It’s been more than a year since Nerlens Noel departed from Kentucky for the NBA, but the former Wildcats’ big man did not play in a game as a professional basketball player until today.
Noel, who sat out the entire 2013-14 NBA season recovering from knee surgery, is making his first appearance with the Philadelphia 76ers’ summer league team today.
Here’s video of his first shot as an NBA player:
Philadelphia drafted another injured big man with their first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, selecting Kansas’ Joel Embiid. The 76ers seem to be in tank mode for at least another season or two, so it could take some time before Noel’s professional career results in any form of on-the-court success.