Joel Embiid showed off some dazzling moves just 2 days after signing a jaw-dropping $147 million contract

Friday, 13 October 2017, 10:51:59 AM. Joel Embiid showed up big in his preseason debut with a Sixers team that is hoping to finally see the benefits of Trusting the Process

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It's been a long few seasons for the Philadelphia 76ers.

With the mantra of "Trust the Process" ringing through the City of Brotherly Love, fans hunkered down for season after season of uncompetitive basketball hoping that the fruits of their suffering would eventually form of a championship-caliber core of players.

One of the most important pieces of this ongoing puzzle is Joel Embiid — the seven-foot-tall Cameroonian center who has embraced the "Trust the Process" as much as anybody.

Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Sixers are ready to push their chips to the center of the table and see if their bet pays off, trading up to snag Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in the 2017 draft and paying veteran sharpshooter J.J. Redick $9 million on a one-year deal to bring him to Philadelphia. The team also extended Embiid with a deal worth $147 million despite playing just 31 games in his first three seasons combined.

With all the ingredients in place, it was time to see if The Process could potentially come to fruition, and on Wednesday night, Sixers fans got a huge sign towards the affirmative.

Embiid, the third pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, made his preseason debut and showed that he can be a force, putting up 22 points in just 15 minutes against the Nets. He also made numerous highlight-reel worthy plays that quickly sent Philadelphia Twitter into a fervor.

Embiid opened the scoring for the Sixers with a jumper from the elbow that looked smooth and reliable. While not the most gut-busting play you'll see, it served as a nice appetizer for what was to come.

In the second quarter, Embiid put on display a new, potentially devastating part of his arsenal, working the baseline before stepping back with a Dirk-esque kick to create space before nailing another short jumper.

On another play, he worked his defender to draw a foul before going high off the glass for another bucket — and showed a bit of outward confidence after the play that will be welcome when he gets back to Philadelphia.

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