"I'm just foreseeing the future with all those blocked shots, and me finding him and him finding me," Noel said at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as the Sixers began preparing for summer-league play. "I think it is going to be a real good tandem like [Tim] Duncan and [David] Robinson."
The 6-11 Duncan and the 7-1 Robinson teamed up to lead the San Antonio Spurs to NBA titles in 1999 and 2003.
"I feel like Nerlens and I, we are going to be really good," Embiid said during the conference call.
Unlike Duncan and Robinson, the two young Sixers have played exclusively at center during their careers. But they don't see that as a problem.
"Going forward, I see myself as a forward," said Embiid, a native of Cameroon who has played just three seasons of organized basketball. "I think my shot is getting a lot better. I'm working on my handle and passing skills. I feel like I can become a forward."
The 250-pounder said he wants to remain on the block and post up defenders.
However, Embiid probably won't get the opportunity to do that until the 2015-16 season while he recovers from his injury. In the meantime, he can lean on Noel, who knows about dealing with a long period of inactivity.
The rookie out of Kentucky missed all of last season while recovering from knee surgery.
"I'll be in his corner, making sure that he's good," Noel said of Embiid. "Obviously, I went through this this past year. I'd love to give him my advice and my feedback on anything. . . . I'm going to make sure I'm there for him whenever he needs it."
If not for their injuries, both players likely would have been the first players selected in their respective drafts.
Noel dropped to the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 6 last year. The Sixers acquired him and a 2014 first-round pick from the Pelicans in exchange for 2013 all-star point guard Jrue Holiday.
On Thursday, Embiid was passed over by the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks after he hurt his foot while training in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Embiid expects to visit Philadelphia next week. He said he had been fearful he would slide to the second round.
"I love the fact that they took a chance on me," Embiid said of the Sixers. "I love the fact that they believe in me. I won't disappoint them."