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WATCH: Sixers star Joel Embiid blasts his critics

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is now one of the best big men in the entire NBA. It wasn’t always going to turn out that way.

The No. 1 overall pick of Philadelphia back in 2014, Embiid missed his first two NBA seasons with a leg injury. He played in only 31 games during the 2016-17 campaign. At that point, a ton of skeptics in the media concluded that Embiid would be a massive bust — equal to that of another top pick in Greg Oden.

Since then, Embiid has shined big time for the Sixers. He’s now on the verge of making his second consecutive All-Star Game appearance.

In talking about that feat and the complications leading to his recent success, Embiid took time out of his day to blast the skeptics.

In no way is Embiid wrong here. There were a ton of skeptics coming out of the woodwork to criticize the Sixers’ selection of him and his injury-plagued ways.

Thus far this season, the 24-year-old center is averaging 27.2 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Embiid certainly answered the critics on the court.