Joel Embiid is a fucking powerhouse. This man is a fantastically strong skilled basketball player with the footwork of a step dancer. He can make a shot from anywhere on the court, and has instincts of a lifelong player even though he has only been playing basketball for 7 years out of 23. He makes lifelong sports fanatics pull their hair out over his meteoric rise to being a top 10 player in the NBA. He is also a famously hilarious troll on social media(right hassan?) There are lapses in his game where he needs to be more consistent, but in his second season(first full one) he has dazzled NBA fans from coast to coast.
In 31 games in the 2016-17 season he lit the league on fire with 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. This year he averaging 23.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. That’s astounding for his first full year. He and Ben Simmons have propelled this cast of unlikely stars into the playoffs and could wreak terror on the league for years to come.
Today is his birthday, he is 24 years old. He started the NBA all star game this year, and threw shade at Rihanna in the process. Sam Hinkie was right to trust the process, and only now is getting the credit he deserves for striking oil with Embiid.
Embiid, Giannis, KAT and Anthony Davis will be the best players in the league 3 years from now. And it won’t even be close. Big men who can dribble the rock and shoot have an arsenal to their game no one can imitate. Kevin Durant paved the way for these 7 foot behemoths to dominate on both ends of the floor and change the structure and model of the NBA and Joel Embiid is going to be front and center. The fact that now most teams run a “small ball lineup” means that they have big men with the versatility to spot up wherever they want so the prototypical, slow-footed strong center who wants to bang down low is just not going to work. The NBA is changing. Get excited!