Joel Embiid believes Sixers have a chance to make playoffs
Joel Embiid is no longer trusting the process, but becoming an integral part of it.
The Philadelphia 76ers rookie center has been the ray of sunshine in an otherwise dark night of a season that has the Sixers as the team with the second-least amount of wins in the NBA at 10-25.
“I think we have a chance. We’ve been hot lately,” Embiid told ESPN. “We’ve won three out of four lately, so I look at it, and I think we have a chance, and we’re really figuring things out. We’re starting to learn how to win games.”
Embiid’s process through 35 games has been a long one after sitting out two seasons since he was drafted in 2014. The Cameroonian went from a minutes restriction of 22 minutes per game to now 30, carving up defenses with his multi-faceted arsenal of offensive tools and swallowing up shots on defense with his 7-foot frame.
Head coach Brett Brown wouldn’t go as far as Embiid and say they have a shot at the playoffs, but echoed the sentiment of the team slowly figuring things out throughout the season.
“We are winning basketball games more frequently than we have been, but for us it’s still, how are we doing what we do?” Brown said. “Are we doing our job? Are we not skipping steps? Are we putting in good days? And we believe as simple as that might sound, that they will add up.”
The Sixers are five spots removed from the last playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, but sit 7.5 games behind the Washington Wizards for it. Joel Embiid has made a clear case for his consideration as Rookie of the Year, posting 19.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game this season. He has scored 20 or more points in the last four games, averaging 22.8 during the 76ers recent hot-streak.