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Sixers’ coach considering having Noel, Okafor swap positions

Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel dunked in front of teammate Jahlil Okafor (8) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in Oklahoma City on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel dunked in front of teammate Jahlil Okafor (8) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in Oklahoma City on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Associated Press

Philadelphia 76ers Coach Brett Brown is thinking about pulling Jahlil Okafor out to power forward to take advantage of his shooting touch from the elbow on a regular basis. That would enable Nerlens Noel to slide back to center and be more of the rim protector 76ers fans saw last season.

“It’s not even born out losing,” Brown said. “It’s born out of just having an opportunity to watch these guys play more and more.”

Okafor was unable to showcase most of his offensive skill set in the preseason due to missing 60 percent of the preseason games. So naturally, the Sixers believed the 6-11, 265-pounder was better suited as a back-to-the-basket center.

Meanwhile, the thought was that the athletic Noel was more equipped to make the move to power forward. However, the move took away from the traditional center’s shot-blocking.

“When you have this new group and you’re trying to let those two guys co-exist, there’s a lot of moving parts that we can learn from,” Brown said. “It’s a challenge, but that’s my job.”

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