Nerlens Noel Thinks the Sixers’ Logjam at Center is ‘Silly’

by September 26, 2016

The Philadelphia Sixers have an abundance problem at the center position, and Nerlens Noel is (understandably) frustrated.

The 22-year-old has been in trade rumors, and says the whole thing is “silly.”

The big fella says that “something needs to happen.”


“I think it’s just silly … this situation that we are in now with three starting centers,” Noel said on the eve of the Sixers’ media day. “With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer.”


Noel will most likely become a reserve center to Joel Embiid, who the Sixers think will be a force in this league if he stays healthy. Noel said that he’s not asking to be traded or demanding that the Sixers trade someone else. He just wants them to hurry up and do the inevitable. […] “I feel like it definitely needs to be figured out,” he said. “I think at the end of the day, again, you have three starting-caliber centers. And it’s just not going to work to anybody’s advantage having that on the same team. That’s how I’m looking at it. I’m not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated.”


Noel said he wasn’t speaking negatively about the team’s other starting-caliber centers, Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. Nor was he speaking for them. […] “Don’t get me wrong. We all get along great on the court and off the court,” Noel said. “But at the end of the day, it’s like having three starting quarterbacks. It doesn’t make any sense.”