The Revelation Joel Embiid Outside Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood
Joel Embiid was a revelation for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, as he burst onto the scene with a scintillating rookie season. After two years on the shelf, Embiid finally delivered on his immense promise and showed he could be a force in the NBA for a long time. However, all good things don’t last forever, as the third pick in the 2014 NBA Draft only played in 31 games this season before heading injury his knee, costing him the rest of the season.
The Kansas product since being drafted has never been fully healthy. After multiple surgeries to repair the navicular bone in his right foot, it never healed properly and Embiid would never see the court. This year he was finally healthy and made his debut on October 26, 2016, more than two years after he was drafted.
Embiid would make an immediate impact, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. He also kept getting better as the season went on, as he averaged 23.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.6 blocks in January, the last month in which he played. He was improving steadily and his PER of 24.29 currently ranks 14th in the NBA ahead of guys like Stephen Curry (23.83), Damian Lillard (23.57), Kyrie Irving (23.31), John Wall (22.82) and Gordon Hayward (22.44). In short, Embiid is a huge part of whatever the Sixers are planning to do in the future.
The fact that Embiid has played just 31 games out of a potential 246 games in his career is truly awful. The guy has so much potential and has a colorful personality to match his basketball talent. He could be a star both on and off the court. Unfortunately, for either of those things to happen he has to stay healthy and that hasn’t happened.
Hopefully this isn’t too serious and he can find a way to stay on the court next season for both the Sixers and NBA’s sake.