The Sixers star was vocal about his newfound respect for new teammate Georges Niang, who has scored in double-digits in seven of the team's first 10.
Via Sixers reporter Lauren Rosen:
“I used to think he sucked, honestly,” admitted Embiid on his new Sixers teammate. “Obviously, on this team he’s doing way more than [shooting 3s]. What I’m impressed with is he’s a competitor. He brings so much joy to all of us, on and off the court. I’m just glad I have him.”
Niang has been a surprisingly valuable contributor for the Sixers this season. The six-year NBA veteran is averaging a career-high 11.9 points per game, nearly double his previous high. He's also provided a steadying presence, keeping the ball moving while minimizing mistakes by averaging just 0.5 turnovers per game.
He's been key as the Sixers have missed Tobias Harris for the last four games due to testing positive for the coronavirus. In that span, Georges Niang has averages 16.2 points per game to go along with four rebounds and three triples. Not bad for a guy Joel Embiid thought “sucked”.