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Doc Rivers says Joel Embiid is a mixture of Kevin Garnett and Patrick Ewing

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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers believes star center Joel Embiid is a blend of iconic big men Kevin Garnett and Patrick Ewing.

Embiid, 26, was the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Sixers expected Embiid to bring them to contention. After all, he is one of the best big men in the league.

The vocal veteran has career averages of 24.0 points, 11.5 boards, 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. He has been a huge engine for the franchise for the last few years.

Garnett, who was also known for being quite talkative, collected 17.8 points, 10.0 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.4 blocks per game over the course of his career in the NBA.

The 2004 MVP helped the Boston Celtics win a championship in 2008. Rivers served as the head coach of that title team.

As for Ewing, he was one of the best big men in the 1990s. The New York Knicks legend averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game throughout his career.


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