Veteran big man, Nerlens Noel, proves he still has it in blowout win over Timberwolves

    In Wednesday's blowout win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Nerlens Noel, the veteran center for the Detroit Pistons, demonstrated that he still possesses the ability to anchor the defense. His defense was crucial to a 36-point outburst by the offense, leading to the victory.

    Why it Matters:

    Noel's play was a key contributor to the Piston's ability to get out and run the Timberwolves out of the gym. His defense directly impacted the young kids on the team, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

    Nerlens Noel, Detroit Pistons

    By the Numbers:

    With recent injuries to the team's starting frontcourt, Noel has been called to the rescue and has stepped up as the emergency center for the Pistons.

    • Over his last two games, Noel has averaged five rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and two steals per game.
    • Noel has played in 11 games this season, averaging 2.3 points and three rebounds per game.
    • A first-round pick of the Charlotte Hornets in 2013, Noel was acquired this past offseason via a trade with the New York Knicks

    The influence of Nerlens Noel on the Pistons has not gone unnoticed. The team's young players have recognized and praised his professional attitude and energy. Pistons rookie Jaden Ivey specifically commended Noel for his energy, professionalism, and preparedness, stating,

    “He brought the energy tonight, I appreciate Nerlens for staying ready. He made a big impact defensively tonight and it energized the whole team.”

    Jaden Ivey on Nerlen Noel's influence over the team

    Despite variations in his role, Noel continues to stay engaged during games and is ready to step in when the team needs him.

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