Of course, there’s a seismic decrease in productivity and impact at the center position without Embiid patrolling the middle. For the first time in a while, the Sixers can sit somewhat comfortably with the current group of centers. Neither of Embiid’s backups are starting-caliber players, but for the projected timeline of his absence, the Sixers can survive. While all three of perfectly adequate last-string centers, none are clear upgrades over the two centers currently playing in Embiid’s stead.
If Doc Rivers and the Sixers were to crave a more explorative option – something with a bit more spice and flavor to it – I might suggest investing in the Paul Reed experience.