Hall of Fame Inductee Chris Webber Explains Why Joel Embiid Is Closest Version of Himself in Today’s NBA

Published 09/10/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Jan 22, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates after making a three point shot against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


Putting the Philadelphia 76ers disappointing last season aside, Joel Embiid is undoubtedly one of the best players in the league right now. The only downside is that he has been completely caught up in all the Ben Simmons drama this season. Simmons was partly, or let’s say, greatly responsible for the 76ers early exit at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks last season. But that doesn’t mean Embiid’s brilliance has ever been overlooked. In fact, the future Hall of Famer Chris Webber seems to see a lot of himself in the Sixers superstar.

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The player who reminds Chris Webber of his playing days

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After waiting eight long years, Chris Webber will finally be getting honored with the greatest award that can be bestowed on an NBA Player. Webber will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He will receive the award this Saturday, along with the rest of the 2021 class. After a 15-year career, filled with accolades, achievements, and failure, Webber will get what he deserved all this while.

With the special occasion inches away, Webber sat down for an interview with ‘The Athletic’. He answered several different questions. Some about his past and some opinions about right now. So, when he was asked which player of this generation reminds him of himself in his playing days, he had a rather surprising and unique response.

“Maybe Joel Embiid because he’s one of the few that can post up, take you off the dribble and shoot the 3. So his game. But besides that, it’s really hard to find someone that really dominates in the midrange as a big fella. It’s a little tough to see at times, but maybe Embiid is the closest,” Webber explained.

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What makes Joel Embiid so special?

Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is called for a foul after colliding with Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first quarter in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Whether it is on the offense or the defense, Embiid can dominate the game either way. From his incredible mid-rangers and occasional three’s to him either getting fouled or making the bucket, Joel does it all. Unfortunately, Ben Simmons and Embiid just haven’t been the best fit.

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Although both of them have had some success as a duo, Ben’s ability to support Joel keeps on declining. Fans as well, think it’s high time they give up on Simmons and built a better team around Embiid. Only when that happens can Joel live up to his potential fully. Otherwise, he will continue to be their lone leader who will eventually get fed up too, creating another James Harden situation. And nobody wants that, right?

The Philadelphia 76ers have been ranked 10th in the NBA power rankings for the upcoming season. This is a big jump after on-and-off being the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference last season. This only means they have a lot to prove and Embiid will be their best shot at being a title contender.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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