Joel Embiid works on leading the break
Philadelphia 76ers‘ center Joel Embiid capped of his impressive play during the preseason by scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 18 minutes of action in their finale against the Miami Heat.
But even after showing that he has the makings of becoming one of the elite centers of the league, the 7-foot center is still looking for ways to improve his game further. After Tuesday’s practice, Embiid was spotted doing drills where he was leading the fastbreak as a point guard.
Embiid running the floor against Sixers coaches. pic.twitter.com/gnKplZFuT7
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoCSN) October 24, 2016
Although he missed the past two seasons due to a pair of foot injuries, he worked on his ball-handling skills during summers to add another facet to his game. It may not be a normal occurrence seeing a center bring down the ball during transition, but given his ball control and dribbling, that can be an option for the Sixers.
When asked to talk about what he thinks of his game, Embiid joked around first before giving a serious answer. Per Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:
“I’ve always thought I was a point guard, so that’s something that I want to do.”
“I think I’m a complete player. I think I can do everything on the court. Doing that shows I think it can help my team, too, in other aspects.”
His head coach, Brett Brown had nothing but good words for the 22-year-old Kansas product and talked about how he wants to utilize him this season, and also raved about his skill set as a player.
“We are so responsible with how we use him and play him. “It’s like us with children. They go out for the night. You’re nervous, but they go out for the night. He plays basketball for a living, and so he plays. We’ve just got to keep putting him in responsible environments and monitoring his minutes.”
“Joel likes to be a player. He wants to be a guard. He wants to shoot a three. He wants to be a post player. He wants to play. And we all have seen enough to think he actually can.
“There are times that he rebounds and leads a break, we want him being aware of get off it, get it to a point guard more than not. I don’t mind him coming down in trail if he’s got daylight, him shooting some. He’s got a wonderful touch and I’ve seen it for two years.
“… All over the place, I want to grow him. I’m not just going to bucket him up. I still say, like I say to him, ‘At the end of the day, you’re a seven-foot-two post player. Post player.’”