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Joel Embiid has gotten scary good in an extremely short amount of time.
He's coming off his best game of the year in which he finished with 18 points, six boards and four blocks in only 25 minutes against New Mexico.
With moves to go to and others to counter with, Embiid was unstoppable in the post. Righty and lefty jump hooks, spin moves, up-and-unders—he's been able to create high-percentage looks for himself as a top scoring option.
Defensively, he challenges everything just based on his 7'0" size and 7'5" wingspan. He has to learn how to defend without fouling, but Embiid has the same tools shared by the NBA's premier rim protectors.
It's crazy to think he just started playing organized ball at 16 years old. Bleacher Report's Jason King recently profiled Embiid and detailed his unique background.
We're not just talking about some raw, Hasheem Thabeet-like center whose appeal is that he's big—Embiid is extremely skilled and naturally gifted.
And yes, he's a monster too.
Embiid has the potential to blossom into one of the NBA's top two-way centers. He'll be a candidate to go No. 1 overall for the remainder of his one-and-done season.