The Philadelphia 76ers (14-7) and the Washington Wizards (3-18) square off on Monday, December 11. As of this writing, Tyrese Maxey and Kelly Oubre Jr. are both eligible for selection. Due to left knee soreness, Joel Embiid's status for the game is now considered uncertain.
Aside from Embiid, the Sixers are expected to be at full strength. Philadelphia has been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference during the first three months of the season.
The Sixers are now playing a visually stunning brand of basketball that prioritizes quick passing and ball movement. I have Nick Nurse to thank for this. The Sixers' overall performance has increased since Maxey, Embiid's successor, emerged as a second star.
When James Harden requested a trade in the offseason, there were concerns about how the Sixers would replace his production as the team's second star. However, Maxey has suited that position perfectly. Nurse is also taking full advantage of his role models.
De'Anthony Melton and Tobias Harris, the team's third star, have both done well thus far this season. What will concern the Sixers, though, is Embiid's availability.
Philadelphia should have enough talent on their team to upset the Wizards with or without their great center. Embiid, however, always makes teams' rosters stronger on both ends of the court.
Joel Embiid, the reigning MVP, committed to the Philadelphia 76ers for the next season. The big, experienced man has carried on right where he left off. Embiid is presently averaging 33.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game with a 51% and 32.2% 3-point shooting percentage.
Embiid's versatility at all three attacking levels adds a unique dimension to the Sixers offense. He can play the role of a traditional roll man, a pick-and-pop shooter, or a facilitator of dribble hand-offs.
In addition, Embiid is the defensive cornerstone of the Sixers' defensive drop coverage approach. Due of his size, length, and toughness around the basket, the Sixers are a very challenging team to break down in the half-court.
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