Eye on Africa: Embiid Targets Big Impact As The Process is Currently in Process…


According to kwesesports.com

Embiid Targets Big Impact: The stats make for tough reading for fans of the Philadelphia 76ers. Their team hasn’t been performing anywhere near its best in recent years.

• All-time NBA and franchise record for most consecutive losses in a single season with a 26-game losing streak

• Finished the 2014/15 season with an 18–64 record, tied with the second worst in franchise history since 1995/96

• In 2015/16, they had the third-worst 82-game NBA-season winning percentage of all time

For the past five seasons, all 76ers fans have known is the heartache of losing and breaking the wrong kind of records. After years of being a bottom feeder in the Eastern Conference, it appears that the 2017/18 season might be the year that the Sixers bloom.

That’s if they can stay healthy. And when questioning their fitness the first name that comes to mind is Joel Embiid.

The Cameroonian center spent the first two years of his career on the sidelines after battling with back-to-back injuries. He made his debut last season and proved his hype extended past his social media presence. In the 31 games he played, he averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists while shooting 46.6 percent from the field. As a result, the Philadelphia Sixers won 18 more games than the previous season.

The 23-year-old center earned two Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors as well as Eastern Conference Player of the Week for January 16-22. During that week, the Sixers went on a 3-0 run where Embiid averaged 22 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.67 blocks.

However, in early February, he sustained a torn meniscus injury on his left knee which ended his season and has spent the offseason recovering.

And as the new season fast approaches, Embiid has still not been cleared for five-on-five drills. Team president Bryan Colangelo announced on Wednesday that they are still monitoring Embiid’s progress.

“It’s not about being ready for the first practice or the first game,” Colangelo said. “And he will be out there for the first practice and the first game. The question is how much, how little, if at all. Those things will be determined by certain criteria along the way.”

Embiid has become the talisman of the Sixers since finally making his presence felt on the Wells Fargo Center court almost a year ago on October 26, 2016. The Sixers hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder that day and Embiid was electric.

He was limited to just 25 minutes of action, but the powerful center showed his class scoring 20 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking two shots. It was a barnstorming introduction to the NBA for the man born in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

On November 1 he recorded the first double-double of his career as he racked up 18 points and pulled down 10 boards against the Orlando Magic. Later that same month Embiid had a career night with 26 points in a victory over the Phoenix Suns. He might only have played 31 games last term, but his impact was hugely impressive.

Before his season-ending injury he had campaigned with great assuredness to become an All-Star. It was to be to no avail, but he’d made such big waves that people stood up and took notice.

His impact on the 76ers was such that he was in the reckoning for Rookie of the Year despite playing less than half of the games his team took part in all season.

Embiid is charismatic and extremely talented, and African eyes will be on him when he’s fully fit and back on court. Read More Here: Eye on Africa: The Process is currently On …

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