“Trust the Process” as increased minutes with the Philadelphia 76ers as young stud Joel Embiid gets the green light to play more this 2016-2017 NBA Season. This leads to the NBA rumors that the team will finally make a trade this season.
Embiid started the season capped by team doctors at 20 minutes a game. According to reports, the team is now willing to play him a max 28 minutes a game.
This is good news for Sixers and NBA fans, who demanded more playing time for the young center. He now showed he can be a superstar in the league.
The Sixers’ official Twitter account confirmed the news of more minutes for Embiid starting in the game versus the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
•Joel Embiid playing time limit increased to 28 minutes, starting tonight vs. Sacramento.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) November 30, 2016
Unfortunately for the fans, the game was postponed due to poor floor conditions and did not get to see Embiid get first full 28 minutes.
Tonight's game vs Sacramento has been postponed. Details below. pic.twitter.com/g3olFcAUW1
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 1, 2016
Embiid ecstatic with increase in minutes
Embiid’s highest so far this season is 27 minutes in a 104-99 double overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies last week. Embiid had 12 points and 11 rebounds in that game but was seen frustrated after team doctors did not allow him to play in the second overtime.
Watch a frustrated Joel Embiid here:
Video Courtesy: YouTube/Ximo Pierto
The phrase “Trust the Process” has been the battle cry in Philadelphia after years of spending time at the bottom of the league. Part of that process is tanking for Embiid when he was drafted in 2014.
In 12 games started this season, Embiid has averaged 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game. With the minutes restrictions increased to 28, those numbers are expected to go up as well.
Increased minutes for Embiid means Sixers trade soon
With an imbalanced roster, the Sixers are also looking to make deals to unload some of their big men before the NBA trade deadline in February.
Embiid’s minute increase likely means they will be aggressive in finalizing those deals. The deal likely involves Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, both of whom have been part of the NBA rumors section this year.
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