Embiid posted 20 points (6-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven rebounds and two blocks across 22 minutes in Wednesday's 103-97 loss to the Thunder.
It was event more than two years in the making, but Embiid was finally cleared to make his NBA debut Wednesday and didn't disappoint. As was the case during the preseason, Embiid struggled a bit from the field and had trouble with turnovers (four) and fouls (four) despite the 76ers restricting his minutes, but a high usage rate aided his final stat line. Even with a pair of foot fractures delaying his career, Embiid has looked like a franchise player during his time on the court in the preseason and season opener, and playing-time restrictions haven't gotten in the way of his productivity. The 76ers seem content to act conservatively with Embiid's workload throughout the season, but he'll still stand to see his minutes increase as the games pass, which will only help his fantasy stock.
Embiid will continue to face playing-time restrictions like he did throughout the preseason. Although he's yet to record over 20 minutes in a game, the big man has been incredibly productive during his allotted action. Coach Brett Brown has indicated that he hopes to increase Embiid's minutes to around 20-24 per game once the regular season begins.
While Embiid faced playing-time restrictions all preseason and didn't log more than 20 minutes in any contest, both the
Embiid participated in just individual drills during Thursday's practice and was held out of on-court work as the team continues to monitor his workload during his first NBA training camp. He's seen his playing time gradually increase through the preseason, but figures to be capped at around 20 minutes for the second straight contest. Coach Brett Brown has stated that the team's goal is to have Embiid available for around 20-to-24 minutes for the Oct. 26 regular-season opener against the Thunder.
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