Through the first stretch of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers have been pleasantly surprised by the play of Joel Embiid. He has been a beckon of hope for the franchise despite playing in restricted minutes role on the court. In light of that, Embiid is about to get what he has been long been waiting for.
•Joel Embiid playing time limit increased to 28 minutes, starting tonight vs. Sacramento.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) November 30, 2016
The 22-year-old has been high productive leading the 76ers and all rookies in points (18.2), rebounds (7.8) and blocks (2.4). He leads all rookies with six 20-point performances, three-point percentage (50.0), field goal percentage (48.0), and double-doubles (four). If he keeps up this pace, he would be the first rookie since future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan to average these numbers.
All of this only leads one to imagine what type of production he will put up in a larger role. He has a prime chance to add to his already compelling case to be named the NBA Rookie of the Year. Embiid could have some extremely productive and promising performances ahead of him this season.