Joel Embiid wants to shoot fewer 3-pointers, play more in the paint

Joel Embiid has shown he has the potential to be a force in the NBA. And although he can shoot when necessary, his best ability is his low post game.

With the regular season ahead for the Philadelphia 76ers, Embiid is showing people his focus for this season. He seems to want to be as dominant as possible, especially down low.

On Monday, Embiid said he wants to shoot fewer 3-pointers this season and play more in the paint, per Philly.com’s Keith Pompey. Last season, Embiid took 214 shots from behind the arc, ranking fourth on the team in 3-point attempts and making 30.8 percent of his attempts.

The Sixers don’t need Embiid shooting 3-pointers; that’s not his game. He can hit mid-range jumpers at a decent clip, as he shot 43.1 percent from 10-16 feet last season.

What the Sixers do need from Embiid is for him to dominate in the low post. If the big man can become the best low post player possible, that’s going to create more space for the Sixers shooters such as JJ Redick and Robert Covington. It would also create more space for Ben Simmons to facilitate.

Still, while Embiid can create that space for his team, he’s going to need to not turn the ball over as much and continue improving his ball-handling. Last season, Embiid averaged 3.7 turnovers per game, which was the highest on the team. He told Pompey and other reporters that he is working on his ball handling and taking care of the ball.

“Sometimes that’s my downfall, so I gotta fix that, and we gonna see where that goes,” Embiid said.

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