Joel Embiid calls T.J. McConnell ‘The GOAT’
Joel Embiid has been known to be one of the most hilarious figures on all of social media. He has made some posts in the past that has brought a lot of laughs to his followers, and he is not showing any signs of planning to stop anytime soon.
After witnessing his teammate, T.J. McConnell, record the first triple-double of his NBA career, the Philadelphia 76ers center took to his Twitter account to share a photo of him and the 25-year-old point guard. It wasn’t just any ordinary tweet though, as he called him the GOAT for his incredible performance on Monday night.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 13, 2018
Triple-doubles may not be rarest of feats to accomplish in the league, but what McConnell notched was even more impressive as he did it off the bench. He became the first Sixers guard since 1970-71 to do that, as it was the year all starters were tracked, according to ESPN Stats and Info, via Elias Sports.
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And tonight, 76ers guard T.J. McConnell had a triple-double off the bench, becoming 1st 76ers player to do that since the NBA began tracking all starters in 1970-71.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 13, 2018
McConnell finished the game with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and added six steals in 37 minutes of action. More importantly, he led the 76ers’ charge in their 108-92 victory over the New York Knicks. Dario Saric chipped in with 24 points and four rebounds, while J.J. Redick added 17 points of his own.
They have now won four straight games and have a strong chance to make it to the playoffs this season for the first time in six years. Their current 29-25 record is good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 28 games left on their schedule.