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Joel Embiid showcased his full array of talents in impressive debut performance

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It's been 831 days, two significant injury setbacks and 136 regular season losses, but the Philadelphia 76ers have finally been able to see Joel Embiid in action.

The third overall pick in 2014 has been on a long road to recovery since suffering a broken navicular bone in his right foot before entering the NBA, but he was able to play 12 minutes as the Sixers kicked off their pre-season with a win over the Boston Celtics.

In the world of small-ball basketball, Embiid is a throwback to the powerhouse days of Shaquille O'Neal. But don't be fooled by his 7'0, 250lb frame, the 22-year-old holds a delicate touch and ability that belies his size.

The excitement surrounding the center is clear for all to see and his six points, four rebounds and two blocks were enough to send Sixers fans into overdrive.

He picked up two points from the charity stripe, showcased his touch with a fadeaway jumper and a long two as he went 2-6 from the field and swatted away a block from fellow rookie Jaylen Brown at the other end.

With Ben Simmons suffering a foot injury, the excitement has shifted solely to Embiid, let's just hope he can stay fit for the new campaign.

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