Joel Embiid’s new mission: punish opponents with free throws

By shooting at 28/37 on the free throw line since his return to competition, Joel Embiid therefore displays a 75% success which is not really problematic. Nonetheless, before his injury he was 86% successful in this field and, currently, with his 85%, he is having even his best career season.

However, faced with this small drop in efficiency, the pivot of Philadelphia is unhappy. He is demanding and does not agree to let slip five free throws against Minnesota, then four in the game against Boston.

” I am very disappointed “, he told NBC Sports. “It’s been two games in a row. I don’t know why it’s like that, I have to refocus I guess. These are free points. I love to go on the line. At one point or another in my career I want to be 90% successful and score every time. Because I go there so many times. “

“Free throws make you impossible to stop”

Indeed, Joel Embiid shoots about 12 free throws per game and no player spends as much time on the line as him in the league, on average, this season.

With his physical power and his feints, the Cameroonian is very good at causing faults.

“Free throws make you unstoppable. Either we score or we get a foul. Teams sometimes prefer to send a player to the line, but with me that is not possible. No one can defend on me or have me shoot free throws. Regardless of my opponent, I want them to encounter fouling problems. I want us to be in the bonus quickly. “

He even makes it a particular advantage of his offensive game since he believes that ” Knowing how to go to the throwing line is a quality. It takes basketball IQ and it’s not as easy as people think. A lot of people talk about flopping, but I’m physical, I’m going to make contact and force the opponent to put their hands on me. “

Joel Embiid Percentage Rebounds
Season Team MJ Min Tirs 3pts LF Off Def Until Pd Fte Int Bp Ct Pts
2016-17 PHL 31 25 46.6 36.7 78.3 2.0 5.9 7.8 2.1 3.6 0.9 3.8 2.5 20.2
2017-18 PHL 63 30 48.3 30.8 76.9 2.3 8.7 11.0 3.2 3.3 0.6 3.7 1.8 22.9
2018-19 PHL 64 34 48.4 30.0 80.4 2.5 11.1 13.6 3.7 3.3 0.7 3.5 1.9 27.5
2019-20 PHL 51 30 47.7 33.1 80.7 2.8 8.9 11.6 3.0 3.4 0.9 3.1 1.3 23.0
2020-21 PHL 32 33 52.3 40.4 85.2 2.2 9.1 11.3 3.2 2.5 1.2 3.2 1.4 29.8
Total 241 31 48.6 32.8 80.3 2.4 9.1 11.5 3.1 3.3 0.8 3.5 1.7 24.7

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