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Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid fly to Spain to support Dario Saric

Sep 5, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Dario Saric AP

Michael Carter-Williams knows where he can find the bright future of the Philadelphia 76ers.

It’s not at NBA games, where he’s the last significant positive contributor standing from last year’s tank job. It’s at places like the draft and the World Cup.

Carter-Williams went to Brooklyn for the draft and had a mixed experience. He looked shocked when Philadelphia drafted point guard Elfrid Payton at No. 12, unsure of his own future during an interview and then relieved when Payton was traded for forward Dario Saric.

In fact, Carter-Williams is so excited about Saric, he travelled to Spain – with teammates Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid – to watch Saric in the World Cup.


A trio of the biggest future stars for the Philadelphia 76ers – Michael-Carter Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid – flew across the Atlantic Ocean to come to the Croatia-Puerto Rico game at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup to support a fourth future cornerstone of the organisation – Croatia’s Dario Saric.

“We came out here to support Dario. He’s a great player. It’s my first time seeing him and I’m very impressed and excited about the future and having him be a part of what we’re building in Philadelphia,” said Noel

76ers general manager Sam Hinkie and coach Brett Brown (who’s also impressed with Saric) are at the World Cup, too. Philadelphia’s talent is more concentrated in Spain now than it will be on the court during the NBA season.

I really like the 76ers’ upside, but it will take time to get everyone healthy (Embiid) and signed (Saric). Then, it will take longer for the core to develop chemistry. This nice gesture by Carter-Williams, Noel and Embiid will only accelerate the process. Slowly, but also as quickly as possible, everyone is getting on the same page.

Now, it might take three – rather than four – more years for Philadelphia’s tanking to really pay off.

  1. phillytruth - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Hanging banners in the rafters by 2018

  2. bevan18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I don’t know. I just don’t see any guys who can become a superstar besides Embiid. In today’s NBA you need more than one to win a title.

    MCW will always be solid but never elite.
    Noel and Saric will be quality starters or role players at some point in the future but I doubt they’ll ever be “stars”.

    Those banners might just be Atlantic banners.

    • money2long - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      comments like this make me wish people tie more than just a internet screen name to it so when the time arrives to take ownership we can have a clearer picture of who’s pointing the finger.

  3. djshnooks - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    First 2 sentences, 2 errors…quality writing!

  4. sixerstrong - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    How awesome is this! What’s not to like about this team? The talent might not be there (yet), but they are going to be so much fun to watch grow. #togetherwebuild

  5. succulentnipples - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Big John Football supports his teammates.

  6. 88heatnation - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Curious to see how this final roster would look in a few years. Building the traditional way which can be a lengthy process and test patience of fans, but can also be a high risk high reward.

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