Joel Embiid took the floor in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform for the first time since January on Wednesday night.
And immediately responded to anyone doubting the merits of his newly signed $146.5 million extension.
The combination of his immense skill and immense immensity (7’2″ and 285 pounds, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer) was too much for Timofey Mozgov and the helplessly undersized duo of Trevor Booker and Quincy Acy.
Joel Embiid’s first possession since returning from injury pic.twitter.com/HF3ZSEIlmh
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) October 11, 2017
Embiid shot more than one free throw per minute, going 14-of-18 from the stripe.
“It’s just a very potent offensive package that people sort of have to game-plan for,” 76ers head coach Brett Brown said of the center. “We see the impact that he makes on the defensive end and all over the place.
Joel Embiid is half man, half god, half possible centaur. Please stay healthy, Joel. We want nothing more. pic.twitter.com/4BgY6Jl2lz
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 12, 2017
“Something like tonight will remind us all that’s why he was paid what he was paid.”
Joel Embiid is the best center in the NBA.
@ me pic.twitter.com/D3vPkYMbfG
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) October 12, 2017
The 23-year-old said he’s still working his way into form.
Joel Embiid dropped 20 in his first preseason half … and he brought his help defense. pic.twitter.com/VA9YkIOs8f
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 12, 2017
“I didn’t expect that, but I’ve been working hard all summer,” Embiid said of his performance. “I didn’t have a lot of time on the court. So I feel like I’m still behind. But with repetition, it’s going to come.”