By Tom Brennan
Sixers great center Joel Embiid is living up to his NBA MVP potential.
And he seems to know it.
Coming off his 50-point explosion against the Bulls Friday night, Embiid is averaging 30.5 points and 11 rebounds per game, and he has helped the Sixers reach the top of the Eastern Conference with an impressive record of 20-10.
According to Tim Bontemps of ESPN, Embiid attributes his success this season to the variety of skills he employs to get to the basket, as defenders are left guessing when guarding him:
“That’s what makes me unguardable,” Embiid said of his diverse offensive skills. “If you’re going to crowd me, I’m going to find my way to the free throw line or I’m going to end up at the basket. If you back up on me, I’ve got the hesi — that hesitation shot — and my favorite, just pull-up shot. [That’s] just an easy shot I always get in the post.
“So it’s hard [to stop me] when you’ve got that much. And also off the dribble just dribbling the ball and just making things happen. I’ve been adding a lot to my game, and it’s been working well.
The NBA has seen centers like Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, and more recently, Nikola Jokic, that can not only shoot but help open up the court with their passing and shooting skills. NBA fans will have no choice but to add Sixers star Joel Embiid to that list, as he continues to become a stronger passer and shooter every day.