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It was only last week that Nerlens Noel was having a little moan about the sheer number of big men the Philadelphia 76ers had in the frontcourt.

With Noel, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers have three lottery draft picks well worth a starting space at the five spot.

However, since the start of training camp, the landscape in Philly looks an awful lot different.

Number one draft pick Ben Simmons suffered a broken bone in his foot over the weekend and is set to miss three months of action at the very least.

That has temporarily opened up the power forward spot for one of the centers to take advantage of, and one would think given Jahlil Okafor's offensive talents, he would be the man to make the switch.

Surprisingly, that is not the case. The forgotten man, Joel Embiid, is rumoured to be the big man making the transition and a recent video of him dropping in three-pointer after three-pointer certainly suggests the Cameroonian can become a stretch four.

That would mean Noel and Okafor will compete for minutes in the low post, but Embiid's minutes are far from certain as the former University of Kansas standout has just spent two years on the sidelines, ironically, with a foot injury.

It's a lot to expect Embiid to adapt, considering he hasn't played a single NBA minute in the comfort of his own natural position, but the Sixers intentions should become a lot clearer when they face the L.A. Lakers in their first preseason game tonight.

Topics:
Nerlens Noel
Philadelphia Sixers
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Joel Embiid
Jahlil Okafor
Allen Iverson

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