Joel Embiid was on an absolute tear during the Philadelphia 76ers‘ recent victory over the Utah Jazz. It was a nightmare for all opposing players as the Sixers superstar was a man on a mission for the duration of the victory. He finished the game with 59 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and seven blocks making him the first player ever in NBA history to record this statline. The historic performance was vital to the Sixers’ win and has been praised by a number of NBA stars.

One player who was not particularly happy with Embiid’s performance was Jarred Vanderbilt. Like the rest of his Utah teammates, Vanderbilt had no success attempting to guard the Sixers superstar in the matchup. When asked about Embiid’s play following the game, Vanderbilt stated- “When anybody’s in a zone like that, it’s tough to stop. He had a lot of favorable calls, too, so he shot a lot of free throws and helped get him in a rhythm. So he’s seeing the ball go through the hoop a lot of times. At that point, it’s tough when somebody sees the ball go through that many times. They’re shooting it in an ocean at that point,” per Ky Carlin of SixersWire.

The Joel Embiid Masterclass:

– 59 Points
– 11 Rebounds
– 8 Assists
– 7 Blocks

— Hoops Videos (@HoopsVids) November 14, 2022

Embiid’s Free-Throw Frequency

The rate of free throws among NBA players has been a growing debate in recent years. Embiid has been at the forefront of this discussion due to his elite ability to get to the charity stripe. Last season, the Sixers big man led the league in free-throw attempts with 11.44 per game. James Harden also ended the season third in the NBA in free-throw attempts per game by getting to the line 7.94 times per game.

Embiid has picked up right where he left off this season and is averaging 11.80 free-throw attempts per game. This trails only Giannis Antetokounmpo (12.33 FTA) for the highest rate in the NBA. Just as Vanderbilt acknowledged, Embiid got to the free-throw line 24 times in the matchup against the Jazz. This is the most he has recorded on the season and connected on 20 of these attempts.

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Opposing Player Sounds Off On Sixers’ Star Joel Embiid Getting “Favorable Calls”

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