Wayne Embry '59
Written by StephFTW
What is it with 2K and giving some random old player that no one ever heard of and making them the best cards in the game. This card is a prime example, and I will say for a free card, it's easily the best free card in the game and one of the best cards in the game. Disclaimer: I'm still playing current-gen, so this review will mostly be based on that.
Bought for: Vault Reward (got him after like 80 wins)
Strengths: Dunking: For me, the best aspect of this card. Crazy animations with straight 97s across the board make this card an absolute monster, especially with the sheer absurdity of contact dunks on next-gen.
Badges: Gold QFS, Gold Clamps, Gold Catch and Shoot, HOF Intimidator and Rebound Chaser, also Fancy Footwork on HOF which is a nice bonus. This card's badge count is loaded.
Speed boosting: This fits perfect for me as someone who loves himself a point center, so the ability to handle in the half-court and dominate in transition is really fantastic.
Defense: All around solid stats, good badges including Gold Clamps and 83 Lateral Quickness. If you on-ball, this card will be lockdown on all 5 positions.
Shooting: He has D'Angelo Russell's base, which looks weird but really good once you get used to it. Only a 76 three, but gold Catch and Shoot and hot zones in both corners make him cash from the corner.
Rebounding: Only a slight issue since he is only 6'8 and I run him at Center, so he doesn't exactly grab every rebound so you might get eaten alive if going against a large center, but if you run him at the 4, then this shouldn't really be an issue.
Dribbling: His dribble sigs are probably the worst aspect of this card, but since he is a center, it isn't that big of a deal. And the way I use his when dribbling, I just run him to the rim so I rarely try to iso with him, since he can just dust most centers by simply sprinting.
Conclusion: In conclusion, if you manage to get this card, use him. He is at worst a top 5 center in the game IMO and whether you play him at the 4 or 5, it doesn't really matter since he is great at both positions. For me, I play him at the 5 because I like to play small and fast and he is the best center for my playstyle. But if you like to have a big and imposing rim protector like a Mutombo, Gobert, or a Manute Bol if your on a budget, then I'd run him at the four.
Hope this review helps!