Sep 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers general manger Sam Hinkie answers questions during media day at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

PHOTOS: MCW, Embiid, and Noel Workout in Spain Before Watching Dario Saric's FIBA World Cup Game

76ers fans scouring social media Wednesday morning/afternoon (particularly those lucky few whose ‘weekend’ falls in the middle of the week) were treated to a handful of pictures that should be stored away for a pick-me-up during one of the team’s inevitable woeful stretches during the upcoming NBA season. Reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, fellow 2013 1st round pick Nerlens Noel, and 2014 3rd overall pick/social media savant Joel Embiid are currently in Spain to take in the FIBA World Cup and get in some work.

 

 

 

A few things jump out from the set of pictures. Embiid, walking boot and everything, looks as if he won’t be dealing with the same sort of concerns over a slight frame that Noel has had to since being drafted. The Cameroonian product out of Kansas has noticeably broader shoulders than his future frontcourt mate. Though he has probably put on weight as a result of not being able to workout as he recovers from surgery on his foot, Embiid’s frame just seems to have more growth potential than Noel’s. That said, the two look to be almost identical in height and Noel has come a long way since his beanpole days at Kentucky.

Another thing that jumps out is just how tall Michael Carter-Williams. Bracketed by his two seven-foot teammates, MCW boasts impressive length and height. As long as he can continue to build up his body, much like Noel, Carter-Williams should be able to establish himself as one of, if not the premiere rebounding point guard in the league. His height was and will continue to be an asset that sets him apart from fellow floor generals around the NBA.

It was cool to have Embiid include a mention of ‘Dario’ [Saric] in his Tweet before the trio watched Croatia play against Greece. Given his limited exposure and two-year waiting period before he will supposedly head stateside to join the 76ers, Saric really is the mystery piece in Sam Hinkie’s master plan. As far as the game, Saric had a few bright spots against a Greece team that has played exceptionally well in group play. Croatia ended up losing the game 76-65 and Saric finished with 10 points (4-12 FG), 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. The 2014 12th overall pick has finished in double digits in all four of his native country’s games (2-2) and has flashed the sort of world-class skill that is apparently worth waiting two years for. Personally, I’m still holding out for the four-straight Rookies of the Year, capped by Sarich in 2016, prior to the 76ers winning the title in 2017.

Tags: Dario Saric Joel Embiid Michael Carter-Williams Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers Sam Hinkie

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