Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been one of the prototypical big men in today’s NBA.
Not only can he get you boards, protect the paint, and he can shoot from deep. This season Embiid is 31% from the arch, but the Sixers superstar prefers not to shoot.
After Saturday’s game against the Raptors, Embiid spoke to reports about wanting to limit his time outside the paint.
“I don’t like shooting 3s,” Embiid said. “I only do it because of the spacing that we have, and sometimes I have to take them. I have to be on the perimeter, just getting guys open, because of all the attention that sometimes it seems are presented to me.”
“I don’t like shooting 3s. I only do it because I got to make it work, but the last couple games, mainly the last two games, my mindset has been, if I’m on the perimeter, it doesn’t mean that I have to shoot 3s. Even if I’m wide open, I think I had a couple of opportunities tonight and last game against the [New York] Knicks where I could’ve shot it, but I took one dribble and I took a midway shot.
“That’s what I’m comfortable with and it’s working.”
The Sixers went on to win the game against the Raptors, 126 to 101.