Draped in a cream Under Armour sweatshirt with “The Process” printed in one corner, Joel Embiid slowed his words. A subtle grin crept across his face. He paused — ever so slightly, combing through his vernacular for the proper phrasing. Then, he continued, authoring an eloquent tagline to explain his passing upswing that’s allowing the offense to hum in recent games.
“I’ve rekindled with the love of passing,” said Embiid, who’s guided the Philadelphia 76ers to four consecutive wins and the NBA’s best record at 6-1.
To identify this growth necessitates watching the 2020-21 version of Embiid, who is averaging a career-best 3.