In the National Basketball Association, Nerlens Noel (born April 10, 1994) is a professional basketball player who plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His collegiate basketball career at the University of Kentucky was cut short in his first season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
His NBA career began when the New Orleans Pelicans selected him with the sixth overall pick in the draft’s 2013 first round. His rights were later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, who acquired them in the process. He is a center and a power forward who graduated from high school in 2012 as one of the top high school basketball players in the country.
|Full Name||Nerlens Noel|
|Date of Birth||April 10, 1994|
|Birth Place||Malden, Massachusetts, USA|
|Nick Name||The Nerlen Wall|
|Age||28 years old|
|Height||2.11 m (6 feet 11 inches)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Father’s Name||Yonel Noel|
|Mother’s Name||Dorcina Noel|
|Siblings||Rodman, Jim, and Nashdah Noel|
|Kids||A son (Name – unknown)|
|NBA Draft||2013 / Round: 1 / 6th pick overall|
|League||National Basketball Association (NBA)|
|Active Years||(2013 – Present)|
|Net Worth||$13 million|
|Currently Plays For||New York Knicks|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook|
|Merch||Trading Card, Notebook|
|Last Update||April 2022|
- Noel was born outside of Boston in Malden, Massachusetts, to Haitian immigrant parents. He attended Everett High School for his first two years of high school before transferring to Harvard University. After his sophomore year, he went on to Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire, where he graduated in 2017.
- In the beginning, Noel was considered a member of the class of 2013, but he was reclassified to the 2012 college recruiting class. As a senior, Noel posted averages of 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game.
- ESPN and Scout.com ranked him as the best player in the class of 2012, and SLAM ranked him as the second-best player. Noel was selected to represent the United States at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit and the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic in Las Vegas.
- In addition to his high school career, Noel was a member of the same AAU basketball team as future Sixers teammate Michael Carter-Williams, which he later joined.
- Several months before his high school graduation, a New York Times article described Noel as being hailed as one of the best shot blockers of his generation, though he was also described as possessing unrefined offensive abilities.
— Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) August 3, 2021
- Noel decided to attend the University of Kentucky in April 2012 after considering several elite college basketball programs. He will be a member of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball team. On national television, he demonstrated his verbal commitment by revealing the UK logo, which had been shaved into the back of his head.
- On November 16, 2012, he tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 4 steals in his third game against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Even though Kentucky lost the game against Texas A&M on January 12, 2013, Noel had a productive night with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 7 blocks, 6 assists, and four steals.
- Noel set a single-game record with 12 blocks against #16 Ole Miss on January 29, 2013, en route to an 87–74 victory for the UK team. In the period during which Noel had four personal fouls, five of the blocks occurred, with two of them coming as the result of denials on slam dunk attempts.
- The previous school record in the United Kingdom was nine blocks, which was set by Sam Bowie in 1981 and later tied by Andre Riddick in 1993.
- Noel suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in his left knee on February 12, 2013, during a game against the Florida Gators. He was forced to miss the remainder of the season as a result of the injury.
- In the months leading up to his injury, it was predicted that he would be selected first overall in the 2013 NBA draught. The decision to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft was made on April 15, 2013, despite Noel’s injury.
- Noel received numerous honors, including SEC Freshman of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, SEC First Team, SEC All-Freshman Team, and SEC Community Service Team, among others.
- Not only did Noel garner first-team All-SEC recognition from the league’s coaches, but he also earned first-team honors from the Associated Press, continuing a four-year streak for UK players to garner first-team AP recognition.
- When Noel entered the 2013 NBA draught after only one season of college basketball at the University of Kentucky, he was expected to be one of the top picks, with many analysts projecting that he would be the first overall pick in the draught.
- As part of the draughting process, he was invited to join the “green room,” which consisted of the projected top 10 to 15 collegiate basketball players at the time. He ended up being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth overall pick. Because of his torn left ACL, there were some concerns around the league, which may have caused him to fall further down the draught board.
- The trade that sent Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers was completed on July 12, 2013. On September 24, 2013, he signed a contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite the fact that the 76ers had intended for Noel to participate in the 2013–14 season, Noel was forced to sit out the entire season while recovering from knee surgery.
- Noel signed a contract with the Philadelphia 76ers to participate in the 2014 NBA Summer League. Noel made his long-awaited NBA debut on October 29, 2014, when the Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Indiana Pacers, 103–91, in Philadelphia.
- Against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 24, 2017, Noel recorded his first start of the season in the absence of the injured Joel Embiid, and he finished with a season-high 19 points and three blocks in a 121–110 victory over the Clippers.
- A protected first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft was acquired by the Dallas Mavericks on February 23, 2017, in exchange for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a 2017 protected first-round pick. He made his NBA debut for the Dallas Mavericks two days later, contributing nine points and ten rebounds off the bench in a 96–83 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in his first game.
- In order to make Noel a restricted free agent, the Mavericks extended him a qualifying offer worth $4.1 million on June 23, 2017. On August 26, 2017, he accepted the one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer from the Mavericks, and two days later, he officially re-signed with the team.
- A game against the Denver Nuggets on March 6, 2018, saw him haul in a season-high 14 rebounds, which was a season-high for him. For violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, he was suspended without pay for five games on April 3, 2018, according to the league.
- On July 6, 2018, Noel agreed to terms with the Oklahoma City Thunder for a two-year contract. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 117–110 on October 28, 2018, with 20 points and 15 rebounds from Isaiah Thomas.
- Noel agreed to terms with the New York Knicks on November 25, 2020, for a one-year contract. Noel was re-signed by the Knicks on August 11, 2021, to a three-year, $32 million contract extension.
New York, We Here! Gear up for the playoffs and go cop the new merch! Link in Bio! pic.twitter.com/f8emKyo4HI
— Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) May 14, 2021
Nerlens Noel’s Net Worth and Salary
Nerlens Noel is a professional basketball player from the United States who has a net worth of $13 million dollars. According to his salary, he will earn $8,800,000 this season with the Knicks and $9,240,000 the following season with the team. Nerlens Noel was born in April 1994 in the Massachusetts town of Malden. He is a 6’11” power forward and center who was selected to the Parade All-American first team while attending Tilton School.
While at Kentucky, Noel was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, First-Team All-SEC, and SEC All-Defensive Team in 2013, as well as SEC Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Because of an ACL injury, Noel’s college basketball career came to an abrupt end.
Noel was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans in the sixth round of the 2013 NBA Draft, but his rights were quickly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2015, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, which is the highest honor given to a rookie.
He was a member of the 76ers’ roster through the 2016 season. From 2016 to 2018, Nerlens was a member of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. After two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he signed with the New York Knicks ahead of the 2020 – 2021 season to serve as their starting point guard. The Knicks signed him to a three-year, $32 million contract after just one season with the franchise.