For years, Nerlens Noel was billed as the area’s top NBA prospect since Patrick Ewing.
Finally, Noel lived up to the hype. He just wasn’t No. 1.
Despite appearing as the top pick on many mock draft boards, Noel, an Everett native, was selected sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Minutes later, Noel, a center, was traded to the 76ers for guard Jrue Holiday and a 2014 first-round pick.
Noel will join Hamilton native and former Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who was selected by Philadelphia at No. 11.
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