“I’m so thrilled to be in this position,” Embiid said in the statement announcing his deal. “I want to thank ownership, management, the coaches and most of all the fans, for supporting me throughout this whole process. I love this city and I’m so, so, so, so excited to be spending my next five years here and hopefully the rest of my career, God willing. Trust ‘The Process.'”
76ers coach Brett Brown, without commenting on the contract’s specifics, told media before Monday’s preseason game at Boston that Embiid has transformed the 76ers with “his physical presence; he does it with a defensive mindset, and he does it with an offensive target that is different than anything else that we have.”
“When he has been able to practice with us, he has changed the gym,” said Brown, while calling Embiid a “difference-maker.”
The deal represents the 76ers’ commitment to Embiid’s talent, given Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys that he has been healthy enough to play in Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys only 31 regular-season games since Philadelphia selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
It’s obviously not a worry for the Thunder; their offensive firepower will work itself out. Defense has been the primary focus in camp. But it has been a noticeable trend — albeit in a small, three-game preseason snapshot — that George has found rhythm playing solo as Westbrook and Anthony sat. In the first two preseason games, George played in the third, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. On Sunday, as Anthony and Westbrook played extended minutes into the second half, George forced a few looks and didn’t find as much space as anticipated.
Then again, as Anthony noted, the Thunder had a fair number of decent looks that they simply missed. With their level of offensive talent, some of the perceived struggles will fade away when good players make shots.