While it has certainly been a scrutinized process over the last few years, it seems like the Philadelphia 76ers are finally headed in the right direction.
Ben Simmons, 1st pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, is expected to come back in January. But more importantly, “The Process” himself (Joel Embiid) has turned into a potential All-NBA player. With below average players surrounding him, Embiid has made coming to a Sixers game entertaining once again.
His minutes restriction this season has not stopped him from filling the stat sheet. He currently leads the team in points (18.7 ppg), rebounds (7.4 rpg), and blocks (2.4 bpg) per game. Even more impressive, Embiid averages the 5th most minutes on the team. It may have taken Embiid a few years to get healthy enough to play in the NBA, but I think everyone in the 76ers organization can see it was worth the wait.
Fellow NBA center DeMarcus Cousins has even noticed Embiid’s potential. After the Kings defeated the 76ers, Cousins had this to say about Embiid:
Such high praise from one of the league’s best players is a testament to the work Embiid has put in over the last few years. Coming out of Kansas, his offensive game was limited. But it is clear that Embiid’s process has paid off.
Shoot from anywhere on the floor:
Put the ball on the ground:
Protect the rim:
And even defend the perimeter when needed:
Before we know it, Embiid could have the defensive ability of DeAndre Jordan, and the offensive prowess of DeMarcus Cousins.
The one-two punch of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons could be a dangerous one for years to come, and it seems like other players around the league are starting to take notice. Only time will tell, but with young players like Dario Saric taking the next step, as well as another lottery selection in a strong 2017 NBA Draft, the Sixers process may have actually paid off.