Embiid has yet to really show how dominant he can become
Joel Embiid is having a magical start to his rookie season.
The 76ers center is averaging 17.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.36 blocks and is shooting 46.2 percent on three-pointers.
But those numbers could just a glimpse of what the 7-foot-2, 276-pounder is capable of producing. In addition to being restricted to play around 24 minutes, Embiid is just a shell of himself from an athletic standpoint.
As a result, he hasn't been able show all the things that he's able to do on the court.
"I don't know if it's because I don't have my legs yet," he said, "but I haven't really been able to finish around the rim like I want to."
The third overall pick of the 2014 draft has missed the past two seasons after having surgeries to repair the navicular in his right foot.
Due to the long layout, Embiid hasn't shown the bounce he displayed during his lone season at the University of Kansas. He said the goal is to get back to that level.
"And I feel like I can push myself to being more athletic," Embiid said. "I haven't really been able to, like when I attack the basket, to go up like and try to dunk on someone because I don't have that yet. So it's just about me getting in the weight room with it, just lifting and working on making sure I stay strong."
Embiid has only attempted seven dunks, making six, through 11 games.
He doesn't know when he'll get his legs back. It could take him until the start of next season.
But it's scary to think of the numbers he'll put up after that happens and he's no longer on a minutes restriction.