Philadelphia 76ers flamboyant superstar Joel Embiid was again at the forefront of the team’s win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. With his 39 big points and 17 rebounds, Embiid became the first player since Elgin Baylor in 1966-67 to record at least seven 30-10 stat lines in the first 10 games of the season.
Joel Embiid is the first player with at least seven 30-point, 10-rebound games in his first 10 games of a season since Elgin Baylor in 1966-67. #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/iAia8iIdom
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) November 4, 2018
Joel Embiid was coming off a similarly impressive win against the Los Angeles Clippers in which he registered 41 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks. With young studs Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz not coming on quite as strong as hoped early this season, Embiid has taken a big responsibility on both ends of the floor.
More importantly, the Sixers are now two games above .500 after starting the season with a 2-3 record. The win over the Pistons was arguably the team’s first against a probable contender. The Sixers’ four losses came at the hands of the Celtics, Pistons, Bucks, and Raptors, teams expected to make the playoffs in April.
While Joel Embiid and the Sixers have won four out of their last five games, head coach Brett Brown still has a lot of things to figure out. Philly is the fourth-worst team in the league in field goal percentage and 21st in 3-point shooting. Simmons and Fultz don’t like shooting 3-pointers, so the Sixers have to find offense in other areas.
With the way the game is played right now, this could spell trouble down the road.