Joel Embiid Fires Sneaky Shots at NBA’s MVP Award Choice While Congratulating Nikola Jokic

Published 05/11/2022, 11:37 AM EDT
Mar 14, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Winning the NBA MVP award is no joke, and it seems Nikola Jokic has made a habit of winning it. According to reliable sources, Jokic is the MVP for the 2021-22 season over the likes of Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Interestingly enough, Jokic’s selection as the MVP for this season has caused major upsets. Many expected the Philadelphia 76ers star, Embiid, to win his first-ever MVP.

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Moreover, Embiid himself has addressed the situation. He has sent the NBA world into a frenzy with his comments on the MVP award and how it is decided upon whatever fits the narrative.

Joel Embiid addresses Nikola Jokic and the MVP award

What’s common between great players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James? They have all won the MVP award.

Being awarded the MVP award is a unique distinction every player wishes to achieve and Nikola Jokic will be more than happy to receive his second consecutive MVP award.

According to sources, Jokic is the MVP for the 2021-2022 season, with an official announcement coming soon. Although the Denver Nuggets and Jokic faced an early exit from the playoffs, his individual performances have earned him this award.

However, his win has not come without controversies. Fans and analysts around the world were convinced that Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers deserved the award more.

Mar 25, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Considering his form in the playoffs, Embiid’s camp put forth a strong case. Moreover, Embiid himself has addressed the situation.

When asked about the award and his potential loss, the 76ers juggernaut took shots at the award while congratulating Jokic.

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Embiid said, “Obviously, congrats to Nikola. He deserved it. I guess every year it’s all about whatever you guys decided, whatever fits the narrative.”

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Some strong words from the MVP frontrunner! The 5-time All-Star averages 30.6 points, 4.2 assists, and 11.7 rebounds this season while shooting .499 for the 76ers.

On the other hand, Jokic has had a brilliant season individually. He is the only player in NBA history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season. Moreover, he is the player with the highest Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 32.85.

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On the statistical front, he averages 27.1 points, 7.9 assists, and 13.8 rebounds. Although Embiid might have a better run in the playoffs, it does not take away the fact that Jokic had one of the best individual seasons.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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