The last we saw the Sixers, they routed the Washington Wizards in a 117-96 win behind a big night by the big man Joel Embiid, who scored 36 points and 13 rebounds, going 10 for 11 from the charity line.
As the Sixers leave that game and look ahead to their next matchup vs the Raptors on Thursday, I believe something went unnoticed in the last game against the Wizards.
On Sunday, Joel Embiid joins the great Allen Iverson for the two youngest Sixers to reach 7000 career points within 300 games. This is significant, as today’s era of basketball is based around space, pace, and how many threes you can make. Embiid reaching this milestone being a 7 foot, 280 pound center in today’s game is an achievement in itself.
Although Joel has the ability to stretch the floor, he plays predominantly in the paint. “The Process” also has battled injuries throughout his career. Despite all of the obstacles, Embiid continued to be a consistent force on the hardwood as a defensive presence, while becoming a dominant scorer. He’s now mentioned among the top players in the NBA today, with the likes of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s in the game.
Joel Embiid is a great talent. When accomplishments like these happen, they should be highlighted more. Being only 27 years old, it’s scary to wonder how many records he can break and how great he can become. Eventually, this could vault him into the conversation of one of the greatest Sixers ever, if not already.
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