Ben Simmons, point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, has no doubt who the MVP is this year. All he has to do is take one look at Joel Embiid for a close and personal look at who considers Simmons to be the best player in the NBA.
After another signature performance against the Los Angeles Clippers On Friday night, Simmons told reporters that Embiid was « clearly » the MVP.
Ben Simmons said Joel Embiid was « clearly » the most valuable player in the NBA this season.
The striker scored 36 points, 14 rebounds and an assist in a 106-103 home win over the Clippers, while Philly continues to hold onto number 1 in the Eastern Conference.
Embiid now averages 29.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while he shoots 51.6 percent off the field.
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Unfortunately for its MVP ratings, its top competitor for the award – the Denver Nuggets Center Nikola Jokic – also had one on Friday another monster night. Jokic scored 29 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in a 128-99 win over the Houston Rockets. That brought his averages to 26.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game.
This season he is also working against Embiid because he missed 18 games due to injury.
Although nothing is what Embiid could control, the fact that he missed a large chunk of the time in an already shortened season will certainly speak against him.
With the Embiid acquisition, the Sixers are getting closer to first place in the East and the home advantage during the postseason. You can’t do that without the Kansas striker. Whether that’s enough to call him MVP remains to be seen.
Ebene Magazine – Ben Simmons: Joel Embiid ‘Sure’ NBA’s MVP after 76ers’ win over Clippers