Embiid is one of the most dominant two-way big men in the league, yet he hasn’t been able to win an MVP, and he’s not even among the top-3 frontcourt players in All-Star voting in the Eastern Conference.
Perhaps his reputation as an injury-prone player or his character have taken a toll on the public’s perception of his game, but make no mistake: He’s a superstar.
As a matter of fact, Embiid has now scored 30 or more points on 50% from the field or better in seven consecutive games.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, he just needs to do that one more time to tie Wilt Chamberlain for the longest such streak in 76ers history.
Joel Embiid has recorded 30 points on 50% shooting in 7 straight games. That's the longest streak of his career and the 2nd-longest streak in 76ers history.
Wilt Chamberlain had an 8-game streak in 1965. pic.twitter.com/5OROw4adUZ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 20, 2023
The Kansas product will have a tough time pulling that off, though, as his next game will be a visit to the red-hot Sacramento Kings and a matchup with Domantas Sabonis.
Even so, and as much as he’d love to join the likes of the legendary Wilt Chamberlain in the history books, Embiid has set his sights on a bigger prize this season.
The Sixers are currently sitting on an impressive 29-16 record, the third-best in the Eastern Conference, and it’s championship-or-bust reason for Doc Rivers‘ team.
So, it’s ok if you don’t talk about him; he’ll continue to work on the shadows and lead his team to contention.
That’s the only way to silence the doubters.