That’s when all three centers should finally be healthy and able to go at the same time. “I wasn’t curious before,” Noel said, “but now that we are actually here, I guess that I am curious, whatever that means. But we will let that play out as long as it needs to.” Noel has changed his tune. On Sept. 25, he said that having three starting-caliber centers on the roster did not make sense.
Sixers coach Brett Brown believes all three centers can coexist. In that scenario, Embiid would be the franchise player. Noel would be a reserve defensive specialist who runs rim-to-rim and excels in pick-and-rolls. Okafor would provide an offensive spark when needed. It can work “if they buy in and let me coach them and put them in positions where they truly have a chance to succeed,” Brown said.