After missing his first two seasons due to injury, Joel Embiid finally made his NBA debut in a 76ers 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in its preseason opener. Embiid played a total of 13 minutes and finished with six points, four rebounds and two blocked shots.
Embiid’s debut has been a long wait for the 76ers, but the team and its fans are excited for the future of its young big man. Embiid needs to stay healthy now on a consistent base as he has the potential to become a very special player at the professional level.
The 7-foot-2 Embiid shared how it felt great to get back on the court, but admitted he was nervous heading into the game.
“It felt great,”said Embiid. “It was one of my goals. I’m happy I crossed it off the list.” “I was pretty nervous,” he admitted. “I had trouble breathing, but once I got that first bucket, everything slowed down. I started seeing the game easier.”
76ers head coach Brett Brown was happy with the progress in Embiid and planned to limit his minutes to help ease him back into action.
“For his first game, when you watch him, you can see what can be with him,” said Brown.
The 76ers have a surplus of young talent to work with as its rebuild should be nearing the development stage. Embiid paired with number one overall pick Ben Simmons has the potential to be a special duo to get the 76ers back to winning games. This was the first step in a long process for Embiid to become a constant force in the NBA.