t'll take a while before the Philadelphia 76ers' most recent first-round draft picks step foot on an NBA court, but the organization's patience is about to start paying off.

Nerlens Noel will play in his first competitive games in 17 months when he joins the Sixers' entry in the Orlando Pro Summer League from Saturday through July 11 at the Magic's practice court at the Amway Center. Philadelphia's opener against Orlando at 1 p.m. ET Saturday is being televised by NBA TV.

Noel is also scheduled to compete in the Las Vegas Summer League from July 11-21.

"I'm very excited," Noel said Thursday after the Sixers' final day of minicamp at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "I know there will be a lot of eyes on me, but I'm definitely coming in with a team mentality and to get better. I haven't played in a year and a half, but I'm staying focused and being patient with the process of coming back to organized games."

The 6-foot-11, 228-pound center was the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft until tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the second half of Kentucky's loss at Florida on Feb. 12, 2013, during his freshman season with the Wildcats. He had reconstructive surgery a month later.