Joel Embiid was in his bag last night. The Sixers big man dropped 33 points on 50% shooting while adding 10 rebounds and 5 blocks en route to a 116-95 drubbing of the Toronto Raptors. The 25-year-old’s performance prompted color commentator Mark Jackson to utter a scorching hot take after Embiid threw down a windmill dunk to add an exclamation point to the W.
Jackson’s words exactly: “It would be a crime if he left the game and wasn’t in the discussion as one of the best big men of all-time.”
In the previous two playoff games against the Raptors, Embiid scored just 12 points (2-7 shooting) and 16 points (5-18 shooting).
At just 25, Embiid’s trajectory is astronomical, but to deem it a “crime” if he isn’t mentioned with the best big men of all-time when it’s all said and done is like crowning Bronny James with the 2024 Rookie of the Year.
Jeff Van Gundy made sure to tell Jackson to slow his role.
It’s a shame Van Gundy wasn’t around to shame Jackson for preemptively declaring Kobe better than MJ years ago.