Joel Embiid is must-watch NBA television (or streaming, if you prefer).
He’s nearly the only watchable thing about the Sixers, outside of Sergio Rodriguez (and Ben Simmons, once he gets healthy). He’s a dominant force inside who has yet to begin to figure out just how special he can be. He’s raw like a rookie — his moves are stiff, he does not yet have a great feel for the game (he doesn’t look to pass), he’s got to work on his shot and help defense. And yet, he’s a beast averaging 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds a game in just 21 minutes a night. He’s special.
Patrick Ewing thinks so, and he should know. From Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Then Clifford told a story about watching preseason game film of Embiid in his office. Hornets assistant Patrick Ewing, a Hall of Fame center, walked in and said “Whoa!”
Ewing told Clifford that Embiid could very well be the most talented center in the league.
“And if you know Patrick, especially at that position, he doesn’t say stuff like that,” Clifford said. “I mean, he can shoot. He can put the ball on the floor. He can pass. He’s got a feel for the game. He’s got toughness, size, and strength.
Embiid is going to be special, and right now we’re just seeing the part of the iceberg above water for him. He may not have any idea just how good he can be.
He’s not the most talented center in the league right now, not more than DeMarcus Cousins or Andre Drummond. Yet. Embiid is going to be more in that mold than an Anthony Davis/Karl-Anthony Towns type; Embiid is more traditional.
Embiid isn’t all the way there yet, but he can get there. He could become the best traditional big in the league and be an obvious cornerstone for the Sixers. You know the kind of Top 10 kind of player that Sam Hinkie’s process was trying to bring in.
If you haven’t watched him play yet, seek him out. Embiid is must watch already, and he’s just getting started.