Joel Embiid reacts by joining Allen Iverson in Sixers record books


Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid has had a wild career in the NBA himself. Of being the No.3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, missing the first two full seasons of her career with foot injuries, and then being the face of the franchise as she continues to run after a title.

Embiid has seen it all in his NBA career and in his sixth season the big guy carved his name in the record books for the Sixers.

Sunday night in DC, Embiid finished with 36 points in a relatively easy 117-96 victory over the Washington Wizards. In the process, with his 21st point, Embiid joined Allen Iverson as the only players in Sixers history to score 7,000 points in their first 300 games with the team.

“It’s awesome,” Embiid said. “Obviously, I would like to be healthier. I probably would have had at least 15,000 points by now. It’s great, but that’s not the goal. The goal is to always improve every day so that we have a chance to win the championship. “

Obviously, Embiid is more focused on winning a title, but when you remember his journey, it’s amazing to think of how far he has come in such a short time. There was a time when he thought he wasn’t even going to make it to the NBA.

“It’s crazy,” Embiid added. “When I came to America my goal was really to use this opportunity to get some kind of scholarship and a degree so that I could go home and get something out of it. I never knew, I mean you started playing basketball at 16, to me it was like I never really had the chance to get there.

Lucky for him, he had a strong support system that worked with him to ensure he moved forward as a basketball player.

“Coming here, I think the thing that has helped me believe in myself the most from the start,” Embiid concluded with a smile. “It made me work extremely hard to try and improve myself every day so as not to make it to the league because at that point I always thought I wasn’t good enough even when I was got to college. I always thought there was no way I was going to do it. The fact that people believe in me and that I went to college is what I honestly wanted. I kind of took this opportunity to get a degree and go work somewhere else and earn some money for my family. I never would have imagined.

The Sixers will now continue to move forward as they hope Embiid paves the way for them in their quest for the championship.

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