Joel Embiid Can Take His Game To The Next Level By Cutting Down On Turnovers

10.11.18 8 months ago

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Joel Embiid is clowning fools this preseason. He is averaging 33.8 points per-36 minutes and shooting an otherworldly 70.2 percent (33-for-47) from two-point range.

But for the Sixers’ star big man, the number 5.9 looms over his head, and despite his otherwise remarkable play, it’s the single-largest number holding him back from entering the stratosphere of the NBA’s top-tier.

That number, 5.9, represents Embiid’s turnovers per-36 minutes, topping the 5.4 turnovers per 36 he averaged in his rookie campaign. Nine big men averaged at least two turnovers per game last year: Embiid, DeMarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin, Nikola Jokic, Marc Gasol, Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond, Jusuf Nurkic and Anthony Davis.

Among that group, only Anthony Davis committed a higher proportion of “Lost Ball” turnovers than Embiid.

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