Joel Embiid trusts process behind game rebuild as ‘NBA Live 19’ cover athlete

Video game publisher EA Sports utilized the 2018 NBA Awards Show to reveal that 76ers center Joel Embiid will appear on the cover of the upcoming NBA Live 19.
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Embiid would arguably be the ideal current-day cover athlete not named LeBron James. Not only does he fit the traditional mold to represent NBA Live as a young star still very much on the rise, his social media presence and commitment to personal branding almost guarantees the game will get a fair amount of publicity that it wouldn’t have otherwise.

Considering its current position in the marketplace, NBA Live can use any help it can get in raising consumer awareness. The 76ers’ Trust the Process mantra could very well also be applied to NBA Live given the struggles to regain form since a disastrous decision to reboot the series in 2010 led to multiple cancellations and nearly a permanent end to the franchise.

Proponents of Ayton will cite Arizona’s conservative defensive scheme and the fact that Ayton spent many of his defensive possessions as a power forward, but it’s tough to imagine him averaging significantly more blocks in another system given his history.

During his final season of Nike EYBL play in 2016, Ayton averaged just 2.7 blocks per 40 minutes, per DraftExpress’ stats database. Other rim protectors in this class, including Mohamed Bamba (4.0), Wendell Carter Jr. (4.5) and Mitchell Robinson (8.0) averaged more. Even Bagley, a maligned shot blocker Jack Roslovic Womens Jersey in his own right, averaged 3.1 blocks per game against EYBL competition in 2017, per D1 Circuit.

Pierce expressed as much Monday, saying he thinks Schröder is on board with the idea, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

I think Dennis will be a tremendous role model, Pierce said. We’ve talked already about him and Trae not only coexisting, but him being a leader for Trae and helping him on the court. Dennis has had a lot of success in the league and he’s a guy that still has a lot of growing to go, and Trae is just trying to follow in those footsteps.

Things have Carmelo Anthony Youth Jersey been somewhat rocky between Schröder and the Hawks recently. Back in May, Schröder made it publicly known he wasn’t opposed to the idea of playing with another franchise, mentioning the Bucks and Pacers as preferred destinations.

Schröder also reportedly unfollowed the Hawks on social media. But even after all of that, Pierce expects things to be good moving forward.

I have complete faith in our front office — no matter how they want to build the team, whether it’s through trades or free agency, trades or through the draft — that they’re going to build on the style of play that you saw throughout this year, Buss said Monday at the NBA Awards (via I just want to see continued growth, and I’d really like to be in the playoffs next season. So that’s what we’re trying to do.