"I’m ecstatic to play with Joel," Noel said. "I think it’s going to be something special. The chemistry we already have, and we haven’t even been on the court together, is something that’s great to have.
"I think things we need to work on, me personally, I need to continue to work on the shooting and be able to spread the floor a little bit, be able to knock down a 15-footer with more consistency. And as time goes on, I think Joel’s going to be good. He already has touch around the basket, and he can extend his game out to 15-footers, so I think it’s going to be very complimentary. Both of us having the ability to pass the ball, I think that’s going to be something that people don’t know too much about that’s going to help us a lot."
Noel averaged 9.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.8 steals while shooting 46.2 percent in 75 games during his rookie season. Embiid missed the season while recovering from a foot injury.
"There were times I wasn't happy with [Embiid's work ethic]," Brown said.
Embiid missed the entire season as he recovered from right foot surgery. When Embiid returns next season, Brown admitted it will be difficult playing Embiid and center Nerlens Noel together.
"The challenge of playing Nerlens and Joel together is ever-present," Brown said.
Sixers coach Brett Brown hopes that Embiid will be able to participate in summer league games during the offseason.
"Personally, I expect him to play in the summer league," Brown said per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "But if I guessed any of this wrong, I want to make sure that the club is on record not being definitive. We are not in the position to say that now. ... It's not so much any trepidation I have to 100 percent declare it. I don't feel like it's responsible to say that now. He's heading in that direction."
Coach Brett Brown said Embiid is able to play 2-on-2 and participate in individual drills in practice.
"When you see glimpses of his skill package, you can't help but say 'wow,'" Brown said.
Embiid was even able to take some 3-pointers in practice and draw the eye of some of his teammates.
"Joel, when he's out there dribbling the ball and shooting 3s like he is now, you're just kind of in awe like, 'Am I a step behind?' " said point guard Ish Smith. "He's so far ahead of the curve."
Embiid is out for the season with a foot injury. He has been cleared to participate in on-court activities.
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