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Joel Embiid reaches scoring milestone in rapid fashion

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Joel Embiid reaches scoring milestone in rapid fashion

The Sixers’ man in the middle scored 28 points in Tuesday night’s 119-113 win over the Clippers.

In the process, he reached 3,000 points for his career. He hit 3,000 in his 130th career game, making him the fastest player in franchise history to reach the milestone to start his NBA career, nosing out George McGinnis (135 games) and Allen Iverson (136).

The fastest players to reach 3,000 points in a 76ers uniform to start an NBA career:

Joel Embiid — 130 games
George McGinnis — 135 games
Allen Iverson — 136 games
Julius Erving — 143 games
Jerry Stackhouse — 151 games

Wilt Chamberlain reached 3,000 points in just 92 games in a Sixers uniform, but he had already played five-plus NBA seasons prior to his trade from the Warriors to the Sixers in 1965.

While Embiid needed the fewest number of games to hit 3,000, he did so two months shy of his 25th birthday. Because of the time he missed with various injuries, he’s well down the list of youngest Sixers players to hit that mark.

The youngest Sixers players to reach 3,000 career points:

Jerry Stackhouse — 22 years, 162 days
Thaddeus Young — 22 years, 179 days
Jrue Holiday — 22/183
Allen Iverson — 22/279
Darryl Dawkins — 23/30
Andre Iguodala — 23/59
Lou Williams — 23/129
Charles Barkley — 23/295
Dolph Schayes — 23/295
Hersey Hawkins — 24/60
Clarence Weatherspoon — 24/79
Billy Cunningham — 24/186
Hal Greer — 24/240
Doug Collins — 24/240
Joel Embiid — 24/292

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Zhaire Smith has a clear goal for his first full NBA season with the Sixers

Zhaire Smith has a clear goal for his first full NBA season with the Sixers

Zhaire Smith has packed on some pounds this summer, most recently weighing in at 212 as he continues to grind in the weight room over the offseason.

“I’ve got a lot of goals, especially in the weight room, to get bigger, stronger and faster,” Smith said at the Sixers Summer Shore Tour in Wildwood, New Jersey.

There’s a reason that when you ask Smith about his goals this summer, he always makes a reference to the weight room.

After a severe allergic reaction nearly takes away your entire rookie season, leaving you in a hospital for weeks and with feeding tubes for months, gaining back the 40 pounds (and some) you lost becomes a pretty important goal.

“With all I’ve been through the past 12 months, and it’s been a crazy ride, a lot of bumps in the road, but we here now and I’m not looking back.”

If that crazy ride he’s been on has taught him one thing, it’s this:

“I know not to take the game for granted and work hard every day, like it’s my last.”

If you talk to those around Smith, you’ll find out quickly that working hard isn’t something the young guard takes lightly. He also knows that minutes aren’t going to be handed to him, and he’s ready to get to work.

“To get in the rotation, play hard and just do what I do and have fun with it,” Smith said of his goals this season.

Smith is also looking forward to practices and bonding with his new teammates.

“It’s going to be competitive. I can see it right now, that practice is going to be really intense and we are just going to go at it.”

On top of that, Smith is ready to soak up all the knowledge he can, especially on the defensive end.

“I’m looking forward to asking questions and learning, so it’s going to be a fun ride. I believe we are all going to bond together really quick and have a fun time.”

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Sixers Talk podcast: John Gonzalez on the Sixers' offseason and Brett Brown appreciation

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Sixers Talk podcast: John Gonzalez on the Sixers' offseason and Brett Brown appreciation

John Gonzalez joins Paul Hudrick for a lively conversation about the craziest NBA offseason ever and a moment to appreciate Brett Brown.

2:00: Craziest move of the craziest NBA offseason.
5:15: Keep Ben and Jo together.
12:12: Are the Sixers better of just different?
20:30: How to handle Joel Embiid and DNPs.
25:55: Is the East a two-team race or are the Celtics a threat?
30:13: Sorry, haters: Just a segment appreciating Brett Brown.

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