But it popped up in a postgame interview Tuesday after the Sixers’ dramatic win, when he was asked about playing alongside friend Nerlens Noel (full video via CSNPhilly.com above). If you prefer your humor written out:
“I’ve always thought that I’m a guard so having him rolling to the basket, because he’s so athletic, he can catch lobs, and me just playing on the perimeter or posting up and just handling the ball — by the end of my career, I want to be a point guard, so that was good.”
Who does he think he is, Giannis Antetokounmpo?
Obviously, he’s joking. Embiid is a good passer, although like a lot of rookies he’s turning the ball over too much (he turns the ball over twice as much as he gets an assist). He is shooting 38.6 percent from three, which is better than Nik Stauskas or Dario Saric or a few of the other Sixers’ alleged sharpshooters.
What I want to see is how his passing and shooting blends with Ben Simmonds. Brett Brown wants to see that, too.