WATCH: Joel Embiid Turns Into Magic Johnson With an Exquisite Pass vs Pistons

Published 10/28/2021, 11:12 PM 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


The Philadelphia 76ers are coming up as a great team. Despite the ongoing situation with Ben Simmons, they have kept their mark from last season. They took a win against the Detroit Pistons to improve their record to 3-2. However, this was the first game their big man, Joel Embiid had a big game for them. During his performance, he turned into Magic Johnson during one possession.

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Embiid has constantly improved year after year. He has quickly become one of the most skilled big man in the league. Having all the offensive weapons along with his defensive presence, it makes him a force to deal with. Arguable having his best season last year, Embiid emerged as a top three candidate for MVP averaging 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) shoots over 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

Now, showing shades of last season, Embiid also showcased his improvement in passing with a slick behind the back.

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Joel Embiid with the flashy pass

During the game against the Detroit Pistons, Embiid out on a show with a monster double double to his name. However, he also showed just how much work he has put it on his playmaking through the off season. During an offensive possession, Embiid dished out a behind the back pass to Maxey for a three pointer.

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For Philly, this win is crucial along with Embiid’s big game as well. Prior to this, Embiid had no games scoring 30 points. Now, this 30- points and 18 rebounds will be an encouraging sign with Embiid setting into his rhythm. His performances will be make or break for the 76ers as the season keeps going.

Apart from Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris continues to have a good run. He put up 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks durig Philly’s win. Maxey was hot all night scoring 16 points while shooting 75% from the field. Moreover, Maxey also contributed 6 rebounds and 6 assists in his sizzling performance.

For Detroit, Saddiq Bey led the team with 19 points and 6 rebounds shooting 44% from deep. Jerami Grant struggled to generate ending with 14 points on 4-14 from the field. However, he made up for it on the defensive end getting 4 steals and a block. This win adds the required rhythm that Philly need along with giving Embiid the boost to keep up this form.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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