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Hawks’ Trae Young calls Sixers’ Joel Embiid the ‘best big’ in the NBA

Trae Young, Joel Embiid, Hawks, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid enjoyed a historic night during a win over the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers star made quite an impression on Trae Young.

According to Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Young offered up some heavy praise for Embiid by calling him the best big man in the NBA:

“To be honest, he’s probably the best big in our league. Super skilled, super strong. When he’s in attack mode, it’s hard to guard him.”

Young’s comments are certainly understandable considering what Embiid was able to do in the 129-112 victory over Atlanta. The big man joined some elite company with 49 points and 14 rebounds, becoming the first player to reach this mark since Hall of Famer Moses Malone did it in 1984.

Perhaps even more impressive is the fashion that Embiid did it in by going 17-of-24 from the field and 14-of-15 at the charity stripe. He was also a force on the defensive end with three steals and a block to get the Sixers back into the win column.

Although Trae Young finished with a decent line by dropping 28 points and dishing out 10 assists, he struggled to find his rhythm after going an abysmal 2-of-11 from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, he found himself just three rebounds shy of a triple-double.

Trae Young and Joel Embiid had gotten well-acquainted as starter for Team Giannis muring the All-Star Game. It is clear that there is a strong sense of mutual respect between the two despite being rivals in the East for years to come.

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