Five things you need to know about the 76ers today:

  1. Joel Embiid will receive all the attention he ever wanted and then some tomorrow night.  That's when the Sixers center will take on Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns in a much-anticipated one-on-one affair.
  2. Embiid and Dario Saric  rank first and second on the rookie scoring list – sort of.  Embiid leads all rookies with a scoring average of 18 points and Saric is tied with New Orleans Pelicans guard Buddy Hield at 9.7
  3. Embiid is the only rookie with multiple double-doubles this season. Oklahoma City power forward Domantas Sabonis and Saric have one each.
  4. Since we are on that subject, I want to mention that today is the anniversary of one of Charles Barkley's memorable double-doubles.  He finished with 42 points and 17 rebounds in a victory over the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 16, 1988.
  5. The Sixers have lost six straight games to tonight's opponent, the Washington Wizards.

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