WASHINGTON — Kyle Kuzma says he almost got Sixers big man Joel Embiid with a poster dunk his rookie year but couldn’t finish the job (he was fouled), so when he had the opportunity to make up for it on Monday afternoon, he made sure to capitalize.
In the second quarter of the Wizards’ win over the Sixers, Kuzma drove into the lane with his left hand and threw down a thunderous right-handed slam right on Embiid, one of the biggest players and most formidable shot-blockers in the league. Kuzma provided the exclamation point for the Wizards in what became a blowout victory over a very good team.
“I owed him, actually, because my rookie year I tried to dunk on him and it didn’t go so well. He came up to me after, I told him that and he told me if I did that again he would punch me in the face. I owed him, for sure,” Kuzma said.
Kuzma, who had 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in the game (one on Embiid), said the dunk will be one he remembers for a long time. That is in part because he doesn’t dunk on players all that often.
Kuzma is 6-foot-10, but has more of a perimeter-based game. His scoring often comes from the three-point line and on crafty plays around the rim.
Dunking on other NBA players is hard, even when you’re 6-foot-10. And it…