Sixers’ Joel Embiid records longest double-digit scoring streak in NBA
After posting a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds in Sunday night’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid became the first player in the NBA to score in double-figures for 25 consecutive games this season. Embiid shares the distinction with Sixers shooting guard J.J. Redick, who scored 23 points in Philadelphia’s victory.
— Sixers Stats (@SixersStats) December 2, 2018
Both Embiid and Redick are the first Sixers players to score in double-figures in each of Philadelphia’s first 25 games of the season since Hall of Fame guard Allen Iverson accomplished the feat in the 2005-06 season.
.@sixers @JoelEmbiid is joined by JJ Redick as 76ers to each score at least 10 points in all 25 games thus far this season. They're the first Philadelphia players to do so since @alleniverson in 2005-06.
— Sixers Stats (@SixersStats) December 3, 2018
It’s been a huge year for Joel Embiid, who’s averaging career-highs in points (27.5), rebounds (13.4), and assists (3.5). He also norms 2.0 blocks per game while turning the ball over a career-low 3.0 times per game. The Cameroonian big man is shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from three-point range, and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line, giving him a true shooting percentage of 58.5 (another career-high).
An extremely talented two-way player at the center position, perhaps the most impressive aspect of Joel Embiid’s season is that he’s available for every game Philadelphia has had so far. After missing his first two NBA seasons while dealing with a foot injury, Embiid played in just 31 games as a rookie and 63 games last season. Nobody is expecting Embiid to play all 82 games for the Sixers, especially not in an era that emphasizes rest for star players bound for the playoffs, but if Embiid can play at least 70 games for Philadelphia, he’ll be one of the league’s MVP candidates by the end of the year.
With 17 wins, Philadelphia has the second-most wins in the NBA and Joel Embiid has undoubtedly been the best player on the team. Even after the arrival of All-Star forward Jimmy Butler.
Not to be ignored are Redick’s steady contributions and though it was far from a guarantee he would re-sign in the summer, Redick’s production in Philadelphia is essential to the team’s success. He’s an off-ball threat the likes of which the Sixers don’t have after trading away forward Robert Covington; his basketball IQ, intensity and sweet shooting stroke have kept Philadelphia in a number of games and made them a better team overall.