Embiid mimics Dirk en route to 20-point 1st half

Joel Embiid is proving that, when he plays, he's worth every penny of his massive new contract.

The Philadelphia 76ers center was active early in his preseason debut Wednesday, as he hit his team's first basket and finished the half with 20 points, seven rebounds, and a block ... in just 11 minutes of floor time.

Here were his top plays:

Embiid does his best Dirk Nowitzki impression

"They can't f------ guard" him

Embiid sends Allen Crabbe's weak stuff flying outta there

Didn't count, but Embiid shows range with long bomb from the logo

Welcome back, big fella.

Embiid mimics Dirk en route to 20-point 1st half
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