Embiid carries the Sixers, drops 96 points over the last three games
Heading into the season, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid were neck and neck as the consensus best player on the Sixers. After 11 games, things have shifted in a major way, now Embiid carries the team.
After an offseason of training, fans are a little disappointed that Simmons hasn’t made much progress in his jump shot. And following the 2018 playoffs, many believed the two stars would be competing every day to outdo one another.
This hasn’t been the case, and Simmons has actually regressed when it comes to field goal percentage. It is no surprise that Embiid has taken over the team on both ends of the court. His 96 points in the last three games have been the spark the team needs to avoid a slow start.
As long as the Kansas product can keep the team rolling, the front office can hold off on any hasty trades for the time being. Philly is still a long season away from showing its championship potential. Luckily fans can count on Embiid to stay competitive and keep things interesting.
Embiid joined a small list of all-time greats after scoring 30+ and pulling down 10+ rebounds in seven out of the first 10 games of the season:
Joel Embiid joins Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Walt Bellamy as the only players in NBA history with 7 30-point, 10-rebound games within their team's first 10 games of a season.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 3, 2018
Drummond makes mistake beefing with Embiid
Before the game Saturday afternoon, Pistons center Andre Drummond had some choice words for Embiid. He called him “fat and out of shape.” Drummond must have forgotten that Embiid carries the team every night.
Embiid responded to this in the usual fashion, scoring 41 points and grabbing 17 rebounds to go along with it. Drummond, on the other hand, had a terrible game.
After the first half, the Sixers big man already had 32 points and eight rebounds. The Pistons trash talker barely scraped up a single rebound and had zero points to show.
At the end of the game, Drummond had nothing to say after an eight point and nine rebound night. This was a message to all centers in the league. Stay out of Embiid’s way or find yourself trying to put up with 40+ points and 15+ rebounds.
Although Drummond has never been particularly gifted on the offensive end, it was obvious last night that even the best rim protectors in the NBA have little to no chance at stopping the Sixers big man.
Embiid carries the team and talks smack about Drummond following the victory:
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) November 3, 2018
Will Simmons find inspiration in Embiid’s hot start?
It is obvious to most fans that Simmons is still deathly afraid to shoot the ball. He has yet to put up a single three-point attempt and doesn’t seem keen on taking any mid-range jumpers.
On the other hand, Embiid welcomes any shot, turnaround jumpers, and three-pointers aren’t an anomaly for the seven-foot center. At this point in the season, Simmons should definitely be further along, or at least attempting shots.
While this hasn’t been the case, maybe the LSU product will find strength in Embiid’s spectacular play. He might even be able to learn a thing or two, considering the big man is averaging 30 percent from deep.
How long will the team have to wait for Simmons, especially as Embiid carries most of the offensive load? The front office will be forced to add more firepower if things with the pass-first point guard remain stagnant.
In the meantime, fans can expect Embiid to ball out every single night, despite the lack of shooting for Simmons. Hopefully, the supporting cast steps up to the plate and gives Philly a real shot at securing the Eastern Conference.