NBA Executive Makes Joel Embiid’s Case To Win 2022 MVP

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There are always going to be healthy debates when it comes to handing out the end-of-season accolades in the NBA. You can debate for hours which players should make All-NBA and All-Defensive teams, and some of the individual awards this season will present the same challenges.

One of the most hotly contested awards this season will be the MVP. Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks all have strong cases as to why they should be taking some the award this season.

Over at HoopsHype, they did a fun exercise ranking the likeliest players to win an award this season. For example, Tyler Herro landed at No. 1 on the list because he is the odds on favorite to take home the Sixth Man of the Year award.

Coming in at No. 4 on that list was Embiid. One NBA executive believes that the MVP award is his to lose as he explained to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

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“For the second straight year, Joel has played at an elite, MVP-level,” one NBA executive told HoopsHype’s, Michael Scotto. “He continues to put up Wilt Chamberlain-like numbers and has emerged as one of the most versatile big men this league has ever seen. He impacts the game on both ends of the floor like few in this game can. To me, there’s no doubt he is the 2021-22 NBA MVP.”

Joel Embiid is having an incredible season for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is averaging 29.9 points per game, which is tied with Antetokounmpo for second in the NBA behind LeBron James, who is at 30.1 points per game. His 11.4 rebounds per game are seventh in the NBA, while he is also adding 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks in 33.5 minutes per game.

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Embiid is also on pace to appear in the most regular-season games in a single season in his career. 64 was his previous career-high, but he will surpass that this week as long as everything stays the course.

Outside of a nine-game stretch in which he was sidelined while being in the league’s health and safety protocols, Embiid hasn’t missed consecutive games at any point this season. For someone who has battled injury and weight issues throughout his career, that is quite a feat.

Team success is also a factor in the MVP discussion and the 76ers are right in the mix for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Only two games behind the first-place Miami Heat, things could certainly change in the final weeks of the regular season.

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Joel Embiid is having a major impact on both ends of the court and was carrying the Philadelphia 76ers to success in the win-loss column even before James Harden came on board. His case is as strong as anyone’s in the MVP discussion this season. After being close in years past, this could be the season that Embiid finally breaks through.

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