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“He plays chess matches on the court”: How Joel Embiid draws fouls at a historic rate

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“When you talk about drawing fouls, a lot of people, I guess, call it flopping and all that stuff,” Embiid says. Lower the threshold to 30 points per 100 possessions and Embiid, averaging 43.5 points per 100 possession, slides to sixth.

Together, they’ve established the same goal Howard once had in Orlando, but advanced it a step further, aiming to solicit a pair of quick fouls from both the first and second defender opponents assigned to Embiid.

“My goal, every single night, is to get the other centers or the other team’s best players in foul trouble,” Embiid says.

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