76ers’ Joel Embiid Posts Stats Similar to Michael Jordan and Steph Curry’s MVP Season

Published 03/02/2021, 5:30 PM EST
Feb 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after a score against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


It didn’t take very long for Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid to attach his name to the MVP race this season. The only question that springs to mind is whether he can beat LeBron James for this competitive award. When the MVP race started, Bron was on the top of the ladder, but after the past week, Embiid has taken over.

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It isn’t easy to pick the best performer with so many variables at play, including the team’s success, individual performances on both ends of the floor, and the preference of the voted. These are what we know, but Paul Hembekides from ESPN has noticed an uncanny pattern for the MVP award as well.

The stats that will make Joel Embiid the MVP

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After a lot of struggles last season, the Philadelphia 76ers revamped their entire front office in an effort to start afresh. This included bringing in Daryl Morey as president of basketball operations and hiring Doc Rivers as the new head coach was their shot at making them contenders.

However, those weren’t the only changes they made. They brought in some great shooters to fill in their awkward starting lineup to help Ben Simmons and Embiid with spacing. Since then, Embiid has only thrived. Just halfway through the season, the big man is averaging 29.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, and shooting 52.1 percent from the field.

Until now, this just seemed like his career-high performance, but Paul has shed light on something more fascinating. Hence, making a unique case for Embiid’s run for MVP. He posted on Twitter that players like Michael Jordan, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant all won the MVP award in their respective years when they were averaging 30 points per game and shooting 50% from the field.

What is the status of the other contenders?

The way Embiid is bringing in success for the Sixers so far with a 23-12 record, it’s no surprise that he has landed the top spot. Bron, who was initially on top in the race, has slipped down to the second position. This was probably after Anthony Davis’ absence from the lineup that caused them to lose four consecutive games.

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It is Nikola Jokic who has made a considerable jump from the fifth spot to the third, pushing the Blazers’ Damian Lillard down to the fifth spot. Steph Curry remains fourth in line.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) while driving for a shot during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Although unlikely, there is also a real chance that someone else other than Embiid and LeBron James might take this prestigious award home. With so much of the season still left, who do you think is still missing from this list?

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Read also- NBA Analyst Backs LeBron James as MVP Frontrunner, Says Has Not ‘Hurt His Case’ Despite Lakers’ Four-Game Skid

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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