Joel Embiid Scores 49 against the Hawks:

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 but he definitely 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. Speaking as a fan of the game since the early 90s I have seen many big men dominate the inside game guys like Shaquille O’ Neale, Dikembe Mutambo, and to a lesser extent Vlade Divac, but Joel nothing like the names I mentioned I am not saying that he is at their level yet but he could be if he tried a little harder, and more than that if he put more effort into his game and less effort 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. 

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