Philadelphia 76ers: Ranking Joel Embiid’s backups up to 2022

Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Boban Marjanovic (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
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12. Jonah Bolden

At one point, most Philadelphia 76ers saw Jonah Bolden as a potential long-term solution as the backup center for the franchise. However, after a promising rookie season, his development stalled. During his second season, he was waived by Philly then signed to a 10-day deal with the Phoenix Suns and hasn’t played in the NBA since.

11. Jahlil Okafor

Despite being the third overall pick by the Sixers in the 2015 season, Jahlil Okafor never had a long-term shot at the starting center spot with Embiid recovering from injury. Okafor quickly fell from grace after an impressive rookie season due to lack offensive versatility and being a horrible defender. He bounced around in the league and last played in the NBA during the 2020-21 season.

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10. Kyle O’Quinn

When it occurred, I was a big fan of the signing of Kyle O’Quinn to be the third center behind Embiid and Al Horford in the 2019-20 season. When he played, he did well, but he rarely received opportunities to do so. As a result, his NBA journey ended when his tenure with Philly did despite being in his prime.

9. Boban Marjanovic

Like Scott, Boban Marjanovic was a part of the trade that landed the 76ers his best friend Tobias Harris. At 7-foot-3, Marjanovic is probably one of the few centers on this list that’s just as unstoppable as an interior scorer as Embiid is. However, due to his size, he’s a defensive liability on the perimeter which hurts teams in today’s NBA. However, he’s still a good center in the right matchups and hopefully, the Houston Rockets can use him as they rebuild.