Is Joel Embiid Copying Michael Jordan? Kobe Bryant’s Emulation of Bulls Legend May No Longer Be the Best

Tonoy Sengupta
|Published March 14, 2023

Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have been scary this season. The franchise currently sits 3rd in a competitive east, with a record of 45-22. Furthermore, they have won a whopping 7 of their last 10 games, and are even on a 5-game win streak at this point in time.

A massive part of that has unquestionably been Joel Embiid. In the last couple of years, the man has found yet another gear within himself. And ever since he did, it has been pedal to the metal for the man.

But what was the secret to him unlocking a new level? Was it merely staying healthy, or was it his diet, that he now puts a ridiculous amount of work into now. Or is it the man’s decision to emulate a certain Chicago Bulls legend that terrorized the NBA during his reign in it?

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NBA Redditor reveals how well Joel Embiid is really emulating Michael Jordan

When it comes to emulations of Michael Jordan, there really aren’t any that did better than Kobe Bryant. Heck, the man is considered one of the top 10 greatest players of all time because of just how good of a job he did at it. And yet, even with those high standards, it appears that Joel Embiid is giving him some stiff competition. Take a look at the Reddit post below.

For those unable to see the clip in the post above, here it is in the tweet below.

Frankly, the resemblance between some of these truly is uncanny. It’s almost as if Embiid has been analyzing footage of Michael Jordan pulling these moves off, and practicing them himself. And if the man is planning on doing this with other legends and their moves too, who knows how far this man’s offensive game could go?


What is Joel Embiid averaging this season?

After 54 games played, Joel Embiid is averaging 33.4 points, 10 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.6 rebounds per game.

The man is also shooting 53.9% from the field, 35.4% from three, and 85.4% free-throw line.

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Tonoy Sengupta

Tonoy Sengupta is an Editor of NBA content at The SportsRush. Coming from an athletically inclined family, he has been surrounded by sports ever since he was 4 years old. But, while initially pouring all his time into Football (soccer), at 14, Tonoy discovered basketball through the countless highlights of Stephen Curry humiliating players from Curry Land. And just like that, a fiery passion for the game was ignited within Tonoy. And soon after, he decided to become a student of journalism, graduating in 2022, and choosing sports as his area of interest. Today, you can find him spending 99% of his time browsing through every type of content on every team in the NBA, before uncorking everything he has found to the world. In the 1% he isn't doing this, you can find him playing Basketball, Football, Volleyball, or practically any other sport he has had the opportunity to learn.

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