Joel Embiid believes he is the world’s best basketball player.
The Sixers’ All-Star center made the declaration Thursday night after scoring a season-high 39 points to go along with 16 rebounds in Philadelphia’s 112-104 overtime win against the visiting Brooklyn Nets.
Embiid, 25, has simple instructions for his teammates heading into the stretch run: “Get me the ball.”
Per The Philly Inquirer:
“I’m getting back to myself,” said Embiid. “So I’m telling my teammates, ‘Get me the ball.’ … I want my teammates to know I’m going to be there.”
He willed them, “all over the place,” coach Brett Brown said. “Just like defensively, offensively give-me-the-ball stuff. I thought the thing that might not go as noticed, as I see it, is his screen setting.”
His stellar play was a continuation from his dominant play in Sunday’s All-Star Game in Chicago.
“In the All-Star Game just proving that I belong, I’m here, just being the best player in the world,” Embiid said. “I just intend to keep coming out every single night and just play hard and try to get wins, and go out and try to win a championship.”