Joel Embiid will have to wait a little while longer to enjoy an increase in minutes on the floor.
Embiid had been on a restriction of 24 minutes since the early stages of the season after starting the year on a 20-minute limit. Less than a month later, Embiid is getting yet another increase to his minutes cap.
"Obviously, it felt great," Embiid said of learning about the minutes increase. "I'm happy that those guys trust me and I'm able to play more minutes. I'm going to make the most out of it.”
Embiid has played in 12 of the Sixers’ 18 games this season, while logging an average of 22.8 minutes. The rookie center has yet to play in back-to-back games, a trend that will continue, according to head coach Brett Brown.
Despite his limited action, Embiid currently leads the Sixers in points (18.2), rebounds (7.8) and blocks (2.4).
"The statistics are not negotiable of the impact that he has defensively," Brown said. "We are the second-rated defensive team in the NBA when he's on the floor. We go to 30th when he's not. Just using that as an example makes your head spin a little bit. You can talk about defense, you can talk about offense. Those extra four minutes are significant in my eyes."