Mavericks sign Center Nerlens Noel

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Mar 3, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Nerlens Noel (3) dunks the ball as Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) and forward Zach Randolph (50) look on during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks announced they have signed center Nerlens Noel.
Noel (6-11, 220), who was acquired by the Mavericks from the
Philadelphia 76ers in a trade-deadline deal on Feb. 23, averaged 8.5
points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.0 steal, 1.1 blocks and 21.9
minutes in 22 games (12 starts) with Dallas last year.
For the 2016-17 season, Noel posted averages of 8.7 points, 5.8
rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.3 steals, 1.0 block and 20.5 minutes in 51
games (19 starts) with Philadelphia and Dallas.
The three-year veteran out of Kentucky holds career averages of
10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.5 blocks and
27.6 minutes in 193 games (152 starts) with the Sixers and the
Mavericks. He has shot 51.1 percent from the floor for his career.
A native of Malden, Mass., Noel was originally selected by the
New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA
Draft. His rights were later traded to Philadelphia along with a
future first-round pick in exchange for Jrue Holiday and Pierre
As a rookie in 2014-15, Noel averaged 9.9 points, 8.1 rebounds,
1.7 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.9 blocks and 30.8 minutes per game in 75
games (71 starts) while garnering NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.
In his lone season at Kentucky (2012-13), Noel averaged 10.5
points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.1 steals, 4.4 blocks and 31.9
minutes en route to earning First Team All-SEC, SEC Defensive Player
of the Year and SEC Rookie of the Year honors. On Jan. 29, 2013, Noel
set the UK single-game record with 12 blocked shots in a victory over
No. 16 Ole Miss.
Noel suffered a torn ACL in a game against the Florida Gators on
Feb. 12, 2013, ending his 2012-13 season. Despite the injury, Noel
declared for the 2013 NBA Draft following his freshman year. He missed
the entire 2013-14 NBA season recovering from knee surgery.
The 23-year-old was the top-rated player by both ESPNU recruiting
and coming out of high school and was rated the second-best
prospect by
The Mavericks’ 2017-18 training camp roster is now set at 20 players.


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