Even if you’re not a fan of the Philadelphia 76ers you probably have kind feelings for Joel Embiid.
Most NBA followers agree that he seems like a reasonable, friendly guy who has a lot of basketball skills and a passion for the game.
He comes across as very likable and always has.
His likability hasn’t changed since he entered the NBA back in 2014 but a lot of other things about him have.
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His looks, for example, have undergone a massive transformation since being picked third in the NBA Draft.
Taking a good look at a young Embiid from back then shows you a kid who is playful, charismatic, and maybe a bit silly.
Glancing at this kid doesn’t give you the impression of a five-time All-Star and scoring champion.
That just proves that looks can be deceiving.
Embiid On Top
Embiid still hasn’t achieved all of his goals.
He’s made no secret of his plans to eventually win the NBA Finals.
His 76ers have gotten closer and closer and stood a chance at doing it this year with the new addition of James Harden.
But it wasn’t meant to be – again.
Through thick and thin, Embiid has stuck by his team and has sworn to the fans that great things are just around the corner.
For his part, Embiid has created a career average of 26 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
But this last season, he took things even further, achieving 30.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists.
He came this close to winning his first MVP award and secured the scoring champion record for the year.
But all of that pales in comparison to his first championship ring, which is still just slightly out of reach for Embiid.NEXT: The NBA Takes Time To Wish Allen Iverson A Happy Birthday