Nerlens Noel was expected to miss extended time in his rookie season but it now appears as if he could sit out the entire year.

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said that Noel's knee recovery has been slow and hinted toward the possibility of the center sitting out the remainder of the year according to Sam Amico of FOXSports.com.

If Noel can come back healthy for his second season this won't be the worst outcome for the Sixers. They did trade a valuable point guard in Jrue Holiday for Noel's services but the team does not expect to compete this season.

Philadelphia is considered the worst team in the Eastern Conference and they'll likely land in the lottery with or without Noel. In fact the team which stripped down its roster has been accused of tanking on multiple occassions.

That makes Noel's longterm health the most important thing here. Recent injuries to Derrick Rose Iman Shumpert and Ricky Rubio have proven players can return from ACL injury and experience success. The fact that Noel is a big man does make this somewhat different however.

Noel tore his ACL in February while still at Kentucky so any team that drafted him assumed some level of risk because his game is so dependent on athleticism. Noel has yet to develop post moves or any semblance of a midrange game and this setback does not help that cause.