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Sixers Still Unsure when/if Rookie Nerlens Noel will Play this Season

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This Philadelphia 76ers may be in the midst of a historically bad stretch of basketball, but hope is on the horizon as rookie center Nerlens Noel is slowly but surely making his way back from a torn ACL.

Noel has yet to play a single minute for the Sixers this season as he tore his ACL last season during his freshman year at Kentucky.

Despite the injury, the team traded point guard Jrue Holiday on draft night for the right to Noel, and have worked with him to get healthy and improved on the court. They just don't know when he'll play in a game.

"Whether we ever get to see him in a game this year, it really is, 'Who knows?'" Sixers head coach Brett Brown said via HoopsHype. "I've gone on (the) record to say I wish I could coach him and get some games under our belt with him. But the boxes he has to tick, the ones we've always talked about, those have yet to be ticked."

The Sixers are hoping Noel lives up to his potential as a relentless shot blocker and rim protector once he returns to the court. 

In his lone year at Kentucky, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.4 blocks per game.

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76ers Reaching New Heights of Futility 

NBA Logo(OAKLAND Calif.) -- It was widely known that the Philadelphia 76ers would be taking their lumps this season as they look to build a competitive roster for the future. But after back-to-back losses of more than 40 points, the team is losing in near historic fashion.

"It's hard for everybody," Sixers first-year head coach Brett Brown said. "The reality of it is that they have put in so much time and despite all the turmoil, it's a group that's been together, stayed together. At times, you look up and you have to keep going and keep playing with some level of dignity, and it's hard doing that."

On Monday night, the team fell to the Golden State Warriors 123-80, dropping them to 15-38 this season, which is the second-worst in the NBA. The loss came a day after the team fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 123-78.

The Sixers have lost their last two games by a combined 88 points, the third-worst point differential over two straight games in the same season in NBA history.

There is a silver lining to all the losses the team has piled up this season. They do have a Rookie of the Year front-runner in Michael Carter-Williams, they have rookie center Nerlens Noel recovering from injury, two likely lottery picks in the upcoming draft, and could have more cap space this off-season than any other team.

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Sixers Center Nerlens Noel Expected to Miss the Entire Season

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia 76ers haven't had good luck with their big men lately. According to head coach Brett Brown, center Nerlens Noel is expected to miss the entire 2013-2014 season as he recovers from a torn ACL he suffered last year at Kentucky.

Back in March, Noel tore the ACL in his left knee, and was expected to be back around Christmas time.

"I doubt, everybody doubts that he's going to play this year," Brown said. "We don't want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it's an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero."

Despite concerns over his knee, the Sixers traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans on draft night for the rights to Noel.

Prior to the draft, Noel was considered the best prospect in the draft, but slid because of concerns about his knee.

Noel had a brief but successful career at Kentucky as he distinguished himself as one of the best defensive players in the country. In 24 games as a freshman at Kentucky, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.4 blocks per game.

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Jrue Holiday At Peace With Trade to New Orleans

NBA via Philadelphia 76ers(NEW YORK) -- Point guard Jrue Holiday figured he'd be spending the next four years at least with the Philadelphia 76ers, but he was instead blindsided by a draft-night trade to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Holiday emerged as an All-Star in his fourth season in the NBA, all with the Sixers who drafted him 17th overall back in 2009.

On draft night, the team surprisingly shipped him to the Pelicans for the draft rights to Nerlens Noel and a top-5 protected first-round pick in the 2014 draft. Even though Holiday was surprised by the trade, he's already excited to be in New Orleans.

"Once I got the call, [Hinkie] said I was traded, the initial hit is obvioulsy like, 'Wow, what kind of happened?' But, back then, once you start thinking about it, you have Ryan Andersen, Jason Smith, you had Robin Lopez, you [have] Eric Gordon, I was like, 'Well, dang, we're actually going to be really good," Holiday said on Friday.

Still just 23-years-old, Holiday averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 assists per game with the Sixers.

While the Sixers still valued Holiday, they are in full-rebuilding mode and felt that moving his salary as well as acquiring future draft picks was the best direction for the franchise.

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Nerlens Noel Reacts to Being Traded to Philadelphia

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft, many mock drafts had the Cleveland Cavaliers taking center Nerlens Noel number one overall. Instead, he wound up going sixth, and was then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. But Noel isn't letting that bring him down.

"They've got a great organization there too," Noel said. "I'm just staying positive about the whole thing. It shows how much confidence they have in me. I'm just looking to get down there and work hard."

Noel was one of the biggest prospects in college basketball last season at Kentucky, but tore his ACL during the season, leaving his future in doubt. His knee injury likely contributed to his draft slide, but Philadelphia saw an opportunity to land Noel, but at a steep price. The team sent All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Noel and a lottery protected 2014 first-round pick.

At Kentucky during his freshman season, the 19-year-old Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.4 blocks per game.

Meanwhile, Holiday put up his best season as a pro this past season. He averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 assists per game.

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Cavaliers Win First Pick in 2013 NBA Draft

Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the second time in three seasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA Draft Lottery.

The Cav's had a 15.6% chance of winning the lottery, the third best of any team. The Orlando Magic had the best chance and ended up with the second pick.

This is the fourth time since 1985 the Cavaliers have won the lottery, the most of any team in the NBA.

It's been three seasons since the Cavaliers lost superstar LeBron James to the Miami Heat. Since then it's been a rebuilding process, one that Gilbert hopes is over after this draft.

“We were hoping, regardless of what pick we got, that this would be our last lottery,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. “We thought originally, after everything had to be reset, that it would be a three-year process. You never know. It could be two or it could be four. But we thought three years. With the No. 1 pick this year, and we also have No. 19, we think this will be the last Lottery for a while.”

The projected number one pick in the 2013 draft is Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.

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Nerlens Noel Officially Declares for NBA Draft

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel officially declared for the 2013 NBA Draft Monday.

"I've learned so much here at UK and am thankful for Coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support," Noel said. "I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I've received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I'll always be a Wildcat!"

The 6-foot-10 Noel tore his left ACL in Kentucky's game versus Florida on February 12. Noel had knee surgery shortly thereafter and is still recovering. Despite the injury, Noel is expected by most to be the first pick of the draft.

Before the injury, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 boards and led the nation in blocks with 4.4 per game.

Noel becomes the second Wildcats to declare for the draft. Fellow freshman Archie Goodwin declared earlier in the month.

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Kentucky Tops No. 11 Florida To Keep Tourney Hopes Alive 

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) --  The defending national champions aren't done just yet.

Kentucky helped its slim NCAA tournament chances with a 61-57 win over No. 11 Florida on Saturday.

It was an exciting ending as the Gators took a 57-50 lead late in the second half.  The Wildcats responded by scoring the game's final 11 points to steal a win from their rivals.

The Wildcats (21-10, 12-6 SEC) probably need at least another win in next week's SEC tournament to receive an NCAA tournament bid.

Archie Goodwin led the Wildcats with 16 points while Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays added 13 each.  Mays' two free-throws with nine seconds left helped seal the victory.

The Gators (24-6, 14-4), were paced by Erik Murphy's 17 points.

Kentucky finishes the season 4-3 in games without freshman phenom Nerlens Noel, who was lost to a season-ending knee injury last month.

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Tennessee Rolls Over Kentucky Without Noel 

Wade Rackley/Tennessee Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, TN) --  Playing in their first game without Nerlens Noel, No. 25 Kentucky was blown out by rival Tennessee 88-58 on Saturday.  The 30 point victory by the Volunteers is its most lopsided win in the 216-game history of the series.

Trae Golden scored 24 points for Tennessee, (14-10, 6-6 SEC) who jumped out to an early lead and never look back.  Jordan McRae and and Kenny Hall combined for 27 points to help the Volunteers get the win.

"We've gotten better with our offense, the flow and the movement," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. "I think that all starts with Trae Golden. When he's playing the way we expect him to play, everything falls in line and it just becomes a fun game to play."

Noel tore his ACL last week in a loss to Florida and is out for the season, and the Wildcats looked like a completely different team without their best interior defender.  Noel was leading the nation in blocks at 4.4 per game and was tied for the SEC lead in rebounds-per-game with 9.9 at the time of his injury.

Kentucky was led in defeat by Kyle Wiltjer, who scored 18 points.  They fell to 17-8 and 8-4 in the conference with the loss.

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Noel Out for Season with Torn ACL

G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- In big blow to the Wildcats, Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI on Wednesday revealed he tore the ACL in his left knee.

Noel was injured in Tuesday night's loss to Florida after he landed awkwardly and slammed his knee into the basket support. Noel was chasing down Florida's Mike Rosario on a fast break and attempted to block his shot with 8:03 left in the game.

"Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback! I love you all and can't thank y'all enough for the prayers," Noel tweeted on Wednesday.

Noel was leading the nation in blocks per game (106) and was also considered a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

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