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April 25, 2019, 3:08 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel was coy when asked about his $1.99 million player option, saying he's going to let his agent figure that out.
Noel had a decent bounce-back season in limited minutes off the bench for the Thunder. After playing in a career-high 77 games and proving he was healthy coming off an injury-plagued 2017-2018 season, Noel should be able to make more money in free agency.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 4:31 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel played just 10 minutes in the season finale on Wednesday against the Bucks, scoring two points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Noel stacked up 77 of these performances to ring up a top 125-145 season (9/8 cat) in just 13.7 mpg. It was odd to deal with the contrast of having a per-minute beast waiting in the wings, only to be held back by an extremely banged-up but nowhere close to sitting Steven Adams.
April 5, 2019, 10:55 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel needed only 16 minutes to post four steals and two blocks on Friday night.
Noel added six points and four rebounds, but the money is made with the defensive numbers. He's sitting just outside the top-150 in 9-cat on the season despite only 13.8 mpg, and his defensive work has been a godsend for roto owners and H2H streamers. Noel is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the summer, as him landing with the right team could have big implications in the fantasy realm.
March 29, 2019, 11:06 pmSteven Adams - C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams hit 8-of-12 from the field to finish Friday’s loss to the Nuggets with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, a block and one turnover.
Despite the poor free throw shooting (0-for-1 tonight) Adams has been very good lately with top-75 value over the past few weeks and top-40 value over the last three games. Nerlens Noel added eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the loss.
March 21, 2019, 1:11 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (left quad contusion) returned from a one-game absence on Wednesday night to deliver nine points and a block in 11 minutes against the Raptors.
Noel went 4-of-5 from the field but just 1-of-5 from the line, which was an issue that probably cost OKC a win tonight. They erased a 19-point deficit in the second half and outscored Toronto 32-18 in the final quarter, but they finished the night 15-of-29 at the free throw line as a team. One more make and OKC isn't tied for eighth in the West right now. Noel remains a solid defensive specialist, as always.
March 19, 2019, 2:49 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (left quad contusion) remains uncertain for Wednesday's game against the Raptors after doing some light work on Tuesday.
While Noel was able to do some light work, he was not able to participate in practice and is looking iffy for Wednesday's game. Markieff Morris and Patrick Patterson would see additional minutes if Noel can't go.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
March 18, 2019, 8:08 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel (left quad contusion) was a late scratch on Monday vs. the Heat.
The news came out too late to make any moves, but Markieff Morris should see some additional minutes with Noel missing the game.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 9, 2019, 1:53 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel battled foul trouble to finish Friday's 110-118 loss to the Clippers with six points, five rebounds, two dimes, two steals and two blocks in 16 minutes.
It helped Noel's cause that Steven Adams (six points, 10 rebounds, three assists) fouled out in this one. Noel has been out of the top-200 in 9-cat over the last two weeks but is worth streaming if your team needs a jolt in steals and blocks from a player who rarely turns the ball over.
February 14, 2019, 10:21 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel scored 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds, an assist and two steals on Thursday.
Noel had a great game with Steven Adams (four points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block) struggling to defend the Pelicans on the perimeter. With Anthony Davis (shoulder) exiting the game early, the Pelicans leaned a lot more on Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle which was a better matchup for Noel than it was for Adams. Noel is still just a watch list guy in case Adams sits.
February 10, 2019, 1:18 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel managed just two points on 1-of-3 shooting with four rebounds and no steals or blocks in 10 minutes off the bench on Saturday against the Rockets.
Noel had a similar game on Tuesday and yet still ranks around the bottom of the top-150 over the last few weeks. It's painful but he's a late-round player in just 14 mpg and that plays in standard leagues.
February 6, 2019, 12:00 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel managed just four rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's win over the Magic.
These are the breaks for a player who logs 14.3 mpg, but regular readers know that he's sitting on a top 120-150 (9/8 cat) season and will finish higher than that in cumulative value if things hold true to form. Steven Adams is banged up but committed to playing through anything, but if anything happens to him Noel will have late first round upside.
January 30, 2019, 12:08 amNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel scored 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and five blocks over 34 minutes in a start for Steven Adams (ankle) on Tuesday against the Magic.
With the late-round floor and the possibility of getting action in the event Adams, who has been beat up this year, gets hurt – it's safe to say there are more than a few of us with him rostered. You might deal with occasional duds but he's a top 120-150 value (9/8 cat) on the season in 14 mpg. You can do the math from there.
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