Could Joel Embiid Play This Season for the Sixers?
Sixers coach Brett Brown hasn’t completely ruled out injured rookie Joel Embiid playing this season according to Sixers beat writer Tom Moore of Calkins Media.
But Brown did add that there would be no chance of Embiid returning to the court prior to the All-Star break.
Interesting timing by Brown to discuss Embiid, whose work ethic and maturity level has reportedly been questioned by some inside the 76ers' organization. It was also reported that Embiid was sent home from a West Coast road trip after an altercation with assistant strength coach James Davis.
It would definitely be nice to see Embiid on the court this season even it it's just in small doses. What can it hurt to see what kind of impact he can have over the course of the final 10-15 games, playing 15-25 minutes per night?
Why not take a look at him, get a sense of his basketball instincts to help you make a determination on what kind of impact he might have at the NBA level. I think the Sixers would have been helped by seeing what they had with Nerlens Noel, it would have helped him have a better understanding of the speed of the NBA game and have him better acclimated sooner.
The hope is next year you can see Noel, Embiid and Michael Carter-Williams (if he's still here), and their top pick in the June draft all playing together and maybe by 2017, when they add Dario Saric to the fold, they can be ready to contend for a playoff spot in the east.