• Nerlens Noel came off the bench and played 13 minutes on Saturday, scoring six points and getting 12 rebounds.

    Despite Joel Embiid (rest) getting the night off, it was fellow big Jahlil Okafor who got the start, as head coach Brett Brown stated earlier that he wanted to have Noel maintain his reserve role. It’s hard to imagine the Sixers don’t find a trade by the deadline for one of their talented young big men, but until that happens, Noel’s value is mostly tied to potential rather than his actual production. He’s a big that can rack up both the steals and the blocks, so he remains a prime target for those interested in the stashing business.

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