NBA MVP Contenders: Joel Embiid Makes Jump Behind Playmaking Prowess

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Setting the stage this week is Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid coming off his first triple-double of the season Monday in a 138-94 thumping of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The metamorphosis we’re witnessing in his game only whets the world’s appetite for more Friday in Boston (7:30 ET, ESPN), should Embiid participate. The 29-year-old is listed as questionable (illness).

What’s not in doubt, however, is Embiid’s impact.

Averaging a career-high 6.6 assists for the 12-6 Sixers, Embiid finished an assist shy of a triple-double Saturday at Oklahoma City before notching career triple-double No. 6 two nights later against the Lakers.

He’s averaged 32.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists over his last three games.

A stat to know: 35-10 – Embiid has logged 35-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in five contests this season. That’s tops in the NBA among all players.

What they’re saying: “He draws a lot of attention because he’s such a good scorer, and usually, you’ve got to take your choice of: [are] you gonna stop him or come off people?” — 76ers coach Nick Nurse

And now, the Top 5 in the 2023-24 Kia Race to the MVP Ladder.


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