Can Joel Embiid Have an MVP Caliber Season?

Can Joel Embiid Have an MVP Caliber Season?

The MVP is a prestigious award. Some of the NBA’s greatest players were named MVP at some point in their career. Whether it was Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, or James Harden, only a special player receives such honors. 

Last year, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic took home the award, and rightfully so. He averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists last season and led the Nuggets to a record of 47-25. 

Jokic beat out two other finalists to win MVP, and it was pretty good competition. He beat two-time MVP Stephen Curry and fellow center Joel Embiid

Embiid came so close to winning the award, and if it weren’t for factors like injury, he might have won. But will this be his year?

The Process Continues

The Philadelphia 76ers have been the talk of the league this offseason, but for the wrong reasons. The media isn’t discussing what the Sixers could do this season or if they’re contenders. The conversation has been about Ben Simmons’s future. 

Earlier this week, Simmons started the steps towards returning to the Sixers. He took a COVID test, had a meeting, and as it stands, he’ll be making his return. 

Simmons has been getting all of the attention, but what about Embiid? 

While Embiid said he hasn’t talked to Simmons, he realizes it helps the organization.

“That is good for the organization,” said Embiid. “That’s something that everybody wanted. I’ve always said that I believe that he gives us the best chance to win. We are a better team, with him than without, that’s for sure. I’m happy that things have resolved, and we can move on and try to try to be a better team.”

While that may be true, it’s safe to say that Embiid is the Sixers’ focal point. He’s been loyal to the team, and when he’s healthy, he’s an exceptional player. And like last season shows, he has the makings of an MVP. 

Last season, Embiid averaged 28.5 points ( a career-high) and 10.6 rebounds. He also managed to get career-highs in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage. 

Embiid played in 51 games this season, as he missed time due to knee and back injuries. The Sixers went 10-11 in his absence. 

He also missed time in the playoffs due to injuries, and ultimately the Sixers were knocked out of the second round. When Embiid is healthy, the Sixers play better. Doesn’t that sound like an MVP?

Can Joel Embiid Win MVP?

Embiid is arguably the best center in the league. He’s one of the closest things to the “old school” big man that dominates in the post and gives teams problems. 

Injuries have hindered him and the Sixers’ success but last year showed what he can truly do. 

Embiid will have competition, but if all goes well, he’ll once again be a finalist. And if he has to carry the load for Philly, his chances are even better. 

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