Top 5 NBA player performances for Thursday, October 18

These five NBA stars were able to make an impact in their teams' games.

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Joel Embiid - Philadelphia 76ers

The big man is getting things done early for Philly and that's a good sign for this team. Embiid's on his way to a second-straight All-Star Game based on early returns. He recorded 30 points and 12 rebounds in the Sixers' home-opening win against the Chicago Bulls.

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Ben Simmons - Philadelphia 76ers

While Embiid's stat line stood out, one can't ignore what his teammate Ben Simmons did. After falling short of a triple-double against the Celtics in a loss, Simmons got his first of the season against Chicago. Simmons scored 13 points, grabbed 13 boards, and dished out 11 assists in the victory.

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Josh Richardson - Miami Heat

It's early on, but Josh Richardson looked spectacular in the Miami Heat's road win. Richardson tallied 28 points on 8-for-21 shooting. That included going 5-for-11 from downtown. He also had five assists and four boards. Richardson may be looking toward that Most Improved Player Award if he keeps up these stats!

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