Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been dominant this season and dominant thus far in the playoffs. During the regular season, Embiid averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds a game, and he has been just as good in the postseason. In three games against Washington, Embiid is averaging 29.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Washington has not had an answer for Embiid in the regular season and the playoffs. In six games against the Wizards this season, all 76ers’ victories, Embiid is averaging 29.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
According to Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, who played with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon during his NBA career, Embiid dominates like the two-time NBA champion.
“I was fortunate enough to play with Olajuwon for almost three years,” Brooks said on Sunday.
“(Embiid) ‘s doing things that I haven’t seen since. His seventh year in the league, he’s been able to see it all now, and he’s seen all the defenses, seen all the schemes, and he’s skilled. He’s a skilled, athletic, tough, high-IQ basketball player.”
The key for Embiid is health. While he has been dominant this season and in this series, he did miss 21 games in the regular season, so staying healthy is essential for Embiid. However, based on the way he’s trending, Embiid has everything it takes to be the next great center in NBA history.