• According to Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor have to earn minutes, Coach Brown says.

    The front court for the Sixers is crowded compared to a year ago with the additions of Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and the availability of Joel Embiid. “It’s going to be a competitive environment,” Brown said Thursday at his annual media luncheon. “It’s pro sport, it’s the way it should be. As a blanket rule, whether it’s with the bigs or otherwise, it’s my job to reward competitors. I need to reward the most competitive people because there is nothing that’s been anointed as we speak.” Noel averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while playing 29.3 minutes per game last year while Okafor averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 30.1 minutes per game.

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