Monday night was a historic night of sorts as Joe Embiid scored a career-high 49 points against the Atlanta Hawks, helping the 76ers to a 129-112 victory. Before the all-star game, he was quoted as saying “He wanted to have a different mindset, he wanted to be more aggressive. Well, he did exactly that, not only did he score a career-high 49 points but also had 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and one steal in 36 minutes of gameplay. Not bad for someone who shows his dominance sporadically especially in the playoffs.
that would be my only criticism of him do I believe the Joel can be a force to be reckoned with absolutely! But he still has a lot of work to do on his game. Watching the playoffs last year, especially against the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors, his performance overall was that of someone is wasn’t ready for prime time.
I mean, he is only 25 years of age and still has room to grow into his game. Still, he needs to take a step forward as a leader, and a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, the core of that team is strong enough to win a championship, especially now that they also added Al Horford from the Boston Celtics in the offseason.
Joel has all the tools to be a champion one day, but having the tools is one thing, but using all of them to your advantage is another thing. More than that, if he put more effort into his game and less energy into showboating, there is no doubt in my mind that he could become an elite big man one day, but the focus has to be on improving his game. If Embiid wants to be a dominant centre in the NBA, he needs to improve on many aspects of his game, especially his inside game.
I feel Embiid needs a mean streak just like Shaquille O’ Neal had back in his day. Shaq was someone who used his size and his strength to his advantage. But for some reason, Joel Embiid doesn’t. He is okay, being passive. I am not a Sixers fan, but I want to see Embiid become the next Shaq.
If he wants to become an elite big man in the NBA he needs to works being more aggressive, demanding the ball more, and just taking over the game plain and simple.