By Tommy Matthews
The Sixers Joel Embiid is on the verge of making NBA history.
LeBron James will miss the end of the Lakers’ season and, Embiid has all but locked up the honor.
If he sits out tonight’s finale against the Detroit Pistons, Giannis Antetokounmpo would need 77 points on Sunday to pass him. If he plays and scores zero points, Antetokounmpo would need 47, but if he does play, he could obviously push the bar even higher.
Even if he plays and goes scoreless Sunday, he will finish the season averaging more than 30 points.
That makes him the first center in 40 years to average 30 points per game in a season. Stars like David Robinson (29.8 in 1994), Shaquille O’Neal (29.7 in 2000) and Patrick Ewing (28.6 in 1990) all came close, but none reached the threshold since Moses Malone in 1982.