By Art Beitchman
The NBA MVP race has suddenly heated up, and somehow the experts in the national media don’t have Sixers center Joel Embiid at the top, why?
Process hatred is one reason, so I guess it’s their way of getting back at the Sixers, who knows.
The fact is that Embiid is having a career year averaging a shade under 30 points per game, pulling down 11.2 rebounds per game, playing all world defense for any foe coming down the lane protecting the Sixers rim for a team that’s leading the Eastern Conference the entire season.
Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic is also having a career year, only below Embiid’s output across the board, more importantly the Nuggets are currently in FOURTH place in the Western Conference standings, how valuable is that!
To further stress Embiid’s candidacy for MVP is a metric that the Elias Sports Bureau recently put out on Twitter putting 5 former winners of the award, putting Embiid just under 1965-66 winner Wilt Chamberlain, 1991-92 winner Michael Jordan for the MVP award, not bad being in line with the two greatest players in NBA history, Wilt and Jordan, I rest my case.
Joel Embiid leads the NBA in win percentage (.789, 30-8 W-L), while averaging 30 PPG.
That would be the 3rd-most PPG in a season by the leader in win percentage in league history. All other players on the list won MVP pic.twitter.com/JXwGlgYXkO
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 17, 2021