Guards don’t get to have all the fun, as big men like Joel Embiid can cross defenders up with the best of them.
On this play, Embiid received the ball at the three-point line, and decided to methodically attack instead of pulling up. JoJo slowly dribbled right as Jordan was backing up. Once he got to the paint, Joel swiftly gathered to his right, freezing DeAndre as if he was in quicksand. After the easy layup, Joel emphatically ran back on defense with his fists in the air, mimicking the euro step motion.
The sneaker that Embiid rocked for this moment was the Under Armour Anatomix Spawn 2 that dropped in 2020. Not to be confused with the 2014 sneaker of the same name, the 2020 version is a low-top made for fast players like Dennis Smith Jr. Of course, Joel is not your average center and prefers the low-top freedom. The shoe boasts full-length Micro G in the midsole for light responsiveness. As the name suggests, the outsole pattern matches the anatomical foot for easy movements and added court-feel. The eye-catching TPU plate on the lateral side further gives stability when moving side to side.
You can find the 2020 Under Armour Anatomix Spawn 2 at DicksSportingGoods.com
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