Each month, we’ll anoint a League Pass MVP. This is loosely defined as a dude who has spent the last month showing that when he’s on, he’s must-watch television. For November 2016, we head to Philly, where … I mean, you can probably guess who’s winning it.
It’s been a while since anyone has had a reason to get excited for the Sixers. They have been hilariously bad ever since “The Process” began in earnest in 2013, with the eventual hope that the team would accrue enough talent to skip the “we’re ok, but not great” level of NBA teams and head right to the “hey, we’re really good” level.
There have been a few pretty great moments during that time, but everything since 2014 has really been building towards Oct. 26, 2016. That was the day Joel Embiid made his NBA debut, and my god, has the first month of Embiid in the NBA been outstanding.
His numbers through the first month-ish of the season: 17.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game on 48.5 percent shooting from the field and 46.2 percent shooting from three. With those splits, odds are his field goal shooting will get better as he works off the rust from not playing basketball in more than two years, while the second thing could regress as he gets more time.
That “more time” thing is what makes Embiid’s per game numbers absolutely got dang absurd. The dude is averaging 22.6 minutes per game, which is insane. If he was going for those per game numbers in, like, 32 minutes a night, we’d be praising him. He’s doing it in about 10 minutes fewer than that. When he plays – he’s 163rd in the league in minutes per game, so it doesn’t happen all that often – he makes a huge impact. This makes him the kind of guy you need to watch when he’s on the floor. Here are his per 36 numbers:
28.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.8 blocks per game