Sixers Notes: Embiid, Noel, Colangelo

Joel Embiid wasn’t named to the All-Star team this season, but he’s got the attention of executives around the league. One anonymous executive told Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he believes Embiid can eventually become a top-3 player in the NBA.

He’s a two-shoulder player, meaning when bigs play defense against each other, they choose a shoulder and determine a pivot foot and they guard that way,” the executive said. “You can’t do that against Embiid. He can go either way, off either foot. And the fact that he can hit outside jumpers is incredible. Bigs don’t like guarding that. And, like I said, once he really develops his power game and learns the game and learns himself, oh my God, is he going to be good. I don’t throw around the word superstar, but he’s that – a top-three player in the league down the road, in my mind.”

Another anonymous scout told Cooney that he believes Embiid can become the franchise player for the Sixers due to his love for the game, but the scout cautions that health will still determine the big man’s place in the league.

“The only thing that worries me is health. You can see what kind of playfulness and personality, that’s a big thing with bigs,” the scout said. “A lot are playing only because they are big. It’s rare to get a big that really loves the game and even rarer when he’s not from the United States. Those parameters, that doesn’t align. That’s why, even in the league where the big man is less than an integral part of the game over the past five years, someone like Embiid with his agility, explosiveness and ability to be a force inside, you have to look at like a young [Shaq O’Neal], a bigger [Alonzo Mourning], much more offensively skilled than [Dikembe Mutombo].”

Here’s more from Philadelphia:

  • Embiid still isn’t playing back-to-backs, though the Sixers are winning games without him on the floor. Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer (video link) credits the team’s ball movement for its success. Ford also believes Nerlens Noel, whom Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors profiled as a trade candidate, has elevated his game over the last few weeks.
  • Former GM Sam Hinkie will always receive some credit for the Sixers‘ promising future, but ESPN play-by-play broadcaster Mark Jones believes current GM Bryan Colangelo deserves credit for the team’s surprising run, as Jonathan Tannenwald of the Philadelphia Inquirer relays. “The Colangelos in the front office, Bryan in particular, has laid the foundation for things going forward, they’re in a good place right now,” Jones said.
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15 thoughts on “Sixers Notes: Embiid, Noel, Colangelo

    • caryloyd

      Don’t give Hinkie too much credit. He did draft Okafor over Porzingis

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      • Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

        no one would’ve approved that pick at the time

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      • Michael Nguyen

        Hinkie wanted Porzingis. Ownership wanted Okafor. Don’t put that move on him. Been following the Sixers since Iverson and went through the beginning of the process and Hinkie definitely wanted Porzingis over Okafor.

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    • basicmo

      who are these guys that know so much about the sixers all of a sudden …..a play by play guy who probably hasn’t called a sixers game ever and some Philly writer I haven’t heard of during Hinkie Era #TTP

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    • basicmo

      who are these guys that know so much about the sixers all of a sudden …..a play by play guy who probably hasn’t called a sixers game ever and some Philly writer I haven’t heard of during Hinkie Era #TTPl

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    • Lee Washington

      Giving Jerry’s kid too much credit is delusional..
      Hinkie built this from the ground, laid a great foundation.
      Saying that Jerry and his kid built this is like saying the picture hangers built the house..
      The ESPN commentators remark probably came straight from the league offices.
      The league didn’t like Hinkie’s tear down and have now been proven “dead wrong”..

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  1. Mixhael

    Ill give credit to Colangelo for one thing. Andthat is trading for Ilyasova.

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  2. Get rid of coangelo bring back hinkie. Hinkie would have 2 first rounders right now for okafor

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    • Lee Washington

      Exactly,,,
      Jerry’s kid is a lightweight who other GM’s are trying to browbeat into giving Okafor away for free..
      Hinkie would have done a deal by now,, wayyy before allowing Okafor’s value to sink like a rock
      He is the Rodney Dangerfield of GM’s,,
      No respect,,

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