Philadelphia 76ers prized rookie center Nerlens Noel is going through a "total rebuild" as he is rehabs from an ACL injury he suffered while at the University of Kentucky, coach Brett Brown said.
The Sixers are rebuilding Noel's offensive game from scratch.
"It's really hard, but if we can, we have the perfect environment to do it -- a full year," Brown said.
The 76ers knew Noel would be a raw project when they took him 4 1/2 months ago.
Brown spoke with USA Today and talked about the plan to fix Noel's offensive game.
Noel tore the ACL in his left knee in February, keeping Noel on the sideline since he was acquired by the 76ers in a draft night trade with New Orleans, which selected Noel sixth overall.
The 6-foot-11 Noel came to the Sixers with gifted natural abilities. The Wildcats wanted him to get down the floor, dunk, score easy baskets, defend, rebound and block shots.
"Everybody's tweakable," Brown said. "You bucket them into, 'Is it a total rebuild?' I think Nerlens is a total rebuild.
"What happens is when he does the offhand comes and elbows start going out. When he just goes one-handed, he gets his elbow under it. It's a good-looking shot.
"You start with the free throws, but that carries over to now he's going to turn and face (the basket)," Brown said. "He really likes Kevin Garnett and those jump-shooting bigs. At some point, he aspires to be one of them even though he's a post player initially. The free throw is the thing that carries over to other parts of his game. Hopefully, we get that right."
Brown said Noel wants to improve his shot and is open to advice.
"He's great. It's his future," Brown said. "I really mean that. He's wide-eyed and open. He's a willing learner because he knows. He's looking for advice. He's looking for somebody to help him. That's my job. I'll be really disappointed if in April we don't look back and say we made good ground and we helped his shot."