With the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select … Joel Embiid?
Usually, misses and incompletions don’t make for good highlights, but consider this Joel Embiid attempt the exception to the rule: The 76ers came oh-so-close to sending their Wednesday night matchup vs. the Suns into overtime on a Hail Mary toss by Embiid.
Embiid snagged a rebound off a free throw, reared back and tossed it toward the hoop, all in one semi-fluid motion, with the ball hitting the backboard and nearly caroming in.
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Embiid collapsed on the court, knowing just how close he got to sending the game into an extra period.
The battle between the No. 1 seed in the East and the No. 2 seed in the West was a potential NBA Finals preview, with the Suns taking the matchup 116-113 at the buzzer. Fans were enamored with the matchup and the shot, and rightfully so:
Joel Embiid just rimmed out what would have been the greatest shot in NBA history and I’m only slightly exaggerating.
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) April 22, 2021
Everyone on the floor was stunned. Unbelievable shot by Embiid.
— Sam Ficarro (@SamFicarro) April 22, 2021
*Sixers win the title*
me: oh my god can you imagine if that Embiid shot went in tho
— Mike Chiodo (@mhc_76) April 22, 2021
There’s a lot of work to be done over the next week if Embiid wants to be a great passer in the NFL, so maybe he should just stick to hoops for now.