Joel Embiid Changing Everything for Sixers
For two seasons there was plenty of talk about the Sixers 'process' and how bad the team was. After being drafted No. 3 overall back in 2014, Joel Embiid almost seemed like a forgotten man.
He didn't travel, couldn't practice and never spoke to the media - if the Sixers weren't such a polarizing topic around these parts, you might have written him off completely, or even forget he was part of the organization.
Nowadays, no one is forgetting about Joel Embiid.
The rookie out of Kansas has been excellent through his first six games, averaging 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game while shooting .483 from the field.
On Friday night during the Sixers first win of the season, Embiid scored a career-high 25 points in a 109-105 overtime victory over the Pacers, adding seven rebounds, two assists, one block in 26 minutes.
He leads the Sixers in scoring, rebounding and blocks, and as The Vertical's Chris Mannix noted, he is worth the two year hype and wait.
"If you're a Philadelphia Sixers fan, start worshiping at the church of Embiid," Mannix said on the Sports Bash. This guy is the real thing, he is a bonafide MVP candidate in the coming years - maybe even a all-star candidate this year if they can string together some wins."
"There is nothing he can't do," Mannix added. "He's just such a special talent on both ends of the floor. Having him out there, being able to do what he can do - it changes everything for Philadelphia."
Many Sixers fans were already excited over the futures of a team that included Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Nowl, but Embiid’s name belongs on the top of list of young Sixers with bright futures.