By Tommy Matthews
Joel Embiid had the best season of his Sixers career in 2021-22, and that included missing a healthy chunk of games last November and December because of COVID.
He played a career-high 68 games while averaging career highs in points (30.6), assists (4.2) and steals (1.1) and adding 11.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 33.8 minutes.
Embiid ranked second in MVP voting and was second-team All-NBA for a second straight season.
In fantasy, Embiid ranked third in both total and per-game production.
Fantasy managers shouldn’t expect much to change for Embiid in 2022-23.
An entire season from a reportedly revitalized James Harden could, in theory, decrease Embiid’s usage.
Tyrese Maxey is also bound to make strides. But, Embiid is the offense’s driving force and can dominate the game from any area of the court. He had the second-highest usage rate (37.2%) in the NBA last season.