C - OKC
Nerlen Noels missed Sunday's 121-103 win over the Wizards due to a sore ankle.
Noel was a late scratch before Sunday's game due to right ankle soreness. The Thunder were being cautious with Noel and decided to sit him out Sunday. It is unclear if he will miss additional time, but his next chance to return will be Monday against the Suns. Noel is averaging 7.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks across 59 games this season.
Nerlens Noel (ankle) will be available for the team’s scrimmage against the Sixers, per coach Billy Donovan.
Noel is available for the team’s second scrimmage against the Sixers. Although he may see limited minutes, it is a great test against a great opponent to evaluate how close or how far away he is to being ready for the “seeding” games. He is a positive contributor off the bench and is worth considering for deep-league play. Noel is also worth considering for DFS as a salary relief option in a stars-and-scrubs lineup.
Nerlens Noel (ankle) will not be available for today’s scrimmage against the Celtics, per coach Billy Donovan.
Even with Noel being a full practice participant, the team will still exercise caution with their big man. Noel has a key role off the bench supporting starter Steven Adams. His production has been impactful this year as he is averaging 7.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game in 18.4 minutes. Noel is a solid play for deep-league formats, and a sneaky salary relief option worth considering in DFS due to his minimal price point and his potential upside.
Nerlens Noel, who tweaked his ankle during Saturday's practice, was able to participate in the Thunder's scrimmage today. Noel stated that he did not have any issues with his ankle during the scrimmage.
Noel should be back to full health when the NBA season resumes. Expect Noel to continue playing in his role as the backup center for Oklahoma City, similar to what he has been playing all season. Noel doesn't have too much fantasy value, but his average of 1.5 blocks per game can always be helpful for fantasy owners in category leagues.
Nerlens Noel tweaked his ankle in practice this week, as stated by coach Billy Donovan during today’s Zoom Call. Despite the minor set-back, Noel has been able to do some light jogging and non-contact work. Donovan said that they expect to have him back by Sunday or Monday.
There doesn’t seem to be anything preventing Noel from resuming his primary back-up duties, as the Thunder prepare for next week. This year he has played in 55 contests and has averaged 18.4 minutes of playing time, 7.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game, all while shooting 68.5 percent from the floor. Nerlens has been a healthy contributor off the bench and could be an asset to your team in deep-league play. He has the potential to be a sneaky salary relief asset in other formats; however, his inconsistent usage limits his value. A wait-and-see approach would be best to evaluate whether he will be more involved in the rotation.