Joel Embiid is one of the most dominant players in the NBA. Opposing teams often use double-teams as they attempt to contain him.
According the Cameroonian center himself, he has two options in those situations – either make a quick move to the basket or make a pass.
Embiid talked about how he deal with double teams during the game against the Magic in which he scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Via Sam DiGiovanni of ClutchPoints:
“I think everybody knows that my mentality, the first thing that I think about when I got the ball is to try to go score,” the Sixers superstar said. “So, when you get in double, I think one of the main things [is] you want to get the ball closer to the rim whether it’s rim running or dunking it. Especially at the end of that first quarter, being in the bonus, that was more motivation to be more aggressive…When you know you get a double, you’ve got to put yourself in those positions to get easy baskets and I did that. When I wasn’t close enough to the basket, I felt like I made the right play.”
This season Embiid is averaging 33.6 points, 10 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 34.8 minutes per game.