There’s no shortage of entertaining moments when Sixers big man Joel Embiid is on the court. And even though Friday’s matchup against the Heat was only an exhibition game, Embiid already appears to be in midseason form.
It happened in the first quarter of the game, when Embiid was working on Hassan Whiteside fairly close to the basket. Embiid drew a foul on a shot attempt, which was Whiteside’s third of the game, and occurred with only 2:21 having gone by.
Doc’s Sports Service predicted Embiid’s dominance, pointing out that he would have success against Whiteside, and that he averaged 20.2 points per game while playing only 25.4 minutes per contest last year. You can find other great stats for this game from Doc’s Sports Service here.
The Sixers center then turned toward the Heat bench and savagely motioned for them to take Whiteside out of the game. It was his way of saying “he can’t guard me,” which is something he told the Nets in the team’s previous game on Wednesday night.
Embiid, if he can stay healthy, appears primed for a huge season.