What Is The Best Pairing With Joel Embiid On The Court?
Joel Embiid has been nothing short of spectacular this season averaging 19.2 Points Per Game, 7.3 Rebounds Per Game, 2.4 Blocks Per Game and a Field Goal Shooting Percentage of 46% as the Sixers are far and away ahead of their wins pace from last season. But the next hurdle for the team is finding a big man to pair in the starting lineup with the talented Rookie Center. Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown has experimented with Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, and Ersan Ilyasova; meanwhile Nerlens Noel is only a couple weeks removed from returning from recovery from his surgical knee procedure.
Philadelphia Daily News Sixers Beat Reporter Bob Cooney joined Mike Gill on Wednesday and explained why Brett Brown has not played Embiid and Noel more together thus far:
"Brett Brown wants to win games and putting Embiid and Noel together is still in it's experimental stage so now you're trying something that you don't know much about while you're still trying to win a game. So you're natural progression if you want to win the game, what do you do, you put out the lineup that is best and the lineup that is best is Embiid and Ilyasova. So that why he leans towards that....It's a comfort thing and it's shown on paper and by eye that Ilyasova and Embiid are simply the best talent (combination) out there."
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