Joel Embiid Shows He Might Actually Play in the NBA This Year

Bradley Whitaker
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Philadelphia 76ers fans have been anxiously waiting to see big man Joel Embiid actually play basketball in an NBA uniform. After being drafted third overall prior to the 2014-15 season, Embiid has sat out two full years, recovering from two separate foot surgeries on his right foot.

The seven-footer has certainly been a long-term investment, something the Sixers have preached for years, despite ownership firing GM Sam Hinkie for just that reason back in April.

But Philly fans are growing impatient after another year in last place (and it wasn’t even close this time). Luckily, Embiid is on track to finally make his NBA debut and his Instagram video from Tuesday proves it.


Rookie year……. @drewhanlen #TrustTheProcess

A video posted by Joel Hans Embiid (@joelembiid) on

Few players that large can handle the ball like that.

NBA trainer Drew Hanlen, 25, also posted this video of Embiid:


My man @joelembiid working on spin step-backs! #100skills100days #unseenhours

A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on

That has to be most exciting highlight for Sixers fans since the days of Allen Iverson.

Now that Philly has Embiid, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Ben Simmons, the frontcourt is a bit clogged. It’s very possible one of those players gets traded (probably not Simmons) before the start of next season. The Boston Celtics have reportedly been the most active in terms of trade talks.

At some point that young talent has to start winning games, right?


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