By: Ben Slomich
Joel Embiid has been making a case for MVP all season long. Embiid is easily having the best season of his career. Every night Sixers fans get to witness the talents Embiid brings to the court day in and day out. He is always the most dominant player on the hardwood. Considering how the Sixers season started they are in a pretty good place right now. The 76ers currently sit at 5th in the East at 32-22, 2.5 games back of the one seeded Heat. A lot of the Sixers season success has to do with Joel Embiid. MVP doesn’t mean best player it means who is most valuable to their team. Embiid is easily the most valuable player to their team compared to anyone else in the league. The Sixers wouldn’t be where they are now without him.
Genetics definitely play a huge role in Embiid’s dominance. He stands at seven feet which is abnormally tall. What makes him so good is how versatile he is. For someone of his size he sure can move well, Embiid is lethal anywhere on the court. If you stop him from driving in he’ll knock down a pull up jumper or hit a nice fade. If you lock down his jumper, he’ll drive you to the cup and draw a foul. What makes him so difficult to guard is the fact that he can shoot consistently, along with him being seven feet tall. No other big men can shoot with the soft touch that he has.
Now let’s dive in a little deeper and look at some numbers. Embiid is averaging 29.4 ppg, 10.9 reb, 4.3, ast, and has a 32.00 per. Not to mention he is shooting 49.8% from the floor, 35.8% from three, and shooting 81.2% at the charity stripe. Those are some big numbers for a big man. Those numbers are astonishing when you remember that this is a center we are talking about.
Now let’s take a look at one of Embiid’s counterparts. Nikola Jokic is currently number one in the MVP race. Both him and Embiid’s numbers are very alike. Jokic is averaging 25.8 ppg, 13.6 reb, 7.9 ast, and has a 33.56 per. Jokic stands at 6′ ft 11″, and is not quite as nimble or as good of a shooter as Embiid. Jokic is shooting 57.8% from the floor, 37.5% from three, and 81.6% from the line. Yes, he did play all 82 games last season but we’re talking about this season.
One stat that Embiid has under his belt is eight straight games with at least 30 points scored. That’s unhuman. Embiid is being compared to the likes of Wilt The Stilt and Dr. J. You know you’re in good company when you’re being compared to those two. So what do you guys say, because you know what I say. EMVPIID!!