The NBA is taken aback every time Joel Embiid steps onto a basketball court. Sunday night wasn’t an exception, as usual. The 28-year-old broke three records in a single night with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Regardless of time and location, Joel Embiid always delivers outstanding performances for Philadelphia 76ers supporters and the entire NBA community. This is evident in how dominant the seven-foot-tall player has grown in the league. Even though he has not received any individual awards, that will change.
Embiid, who led the NBA in scoring last season, came in second to Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets for the Most Valuable Player honor. Even though he is still waiting for Tyrese Maxey and James Harden to join him on the court, his performances have already significantly improved.
Embiid has been so crucial to Doc Rivers’ team’s success that in the last two matches against the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets, the player from Cameroon alone scored 91 points. Additionally, since Shaquille O’Neal’s retirement, Embiid has played four games with 50 points or more to trail all other centers in that statistic.
According to a source, “Joel Embiid is the third player in Philadelphia 76ers record to have multiple 50-point games in a season, following Wilt Chamberlain (1965-66, 1967-68) and Allen Iverson (2000-01, 2004-05). Since David Robinson in 1993–1994, he is also the first center with multiple 50-point games in a season. “
According to a source, on the same night, Embiid became the leader of the list of players with at least 100 games with 30 points and ten rebounds. Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Karl Malone, and Anthony Davis all required more games to achieve the same feat than Embiid, who has 346 to his credit.
Embiid is just one victory away from becoming the Philadelphia 76ers’ all-time game leader with 40 points and ten rebounds. According to Sixers Stats, only Embiid and the legendary Wilt Chamberlain have at least 30 games in which they scored 40 points and grabbed ten rebounds for the 76ers.