It’s been a while since a Philadelphia 76ers player last took the MVP trophy home.
Notably, Joel Embiid has a strong chance to join that list.
This year, however, Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving believes it’s finally time the big man gets the nod:
“I said I’m biased, so I’ll be East coast,” Dr. J told ESPN. “. I’m from New York, but Philly is my second home, so I got to go with Joel [Embiid]. He’s been knocking at the door for two years; came up just short. He’s constantly challenging himself, saying, ‘What do I have to do?’ now he’s leading the league in scoring. I don’t know if it’s gonna end up like that at the end of the year, but he would be my choice as a favorite.”
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Embiid has most definitely put together multiple MVP-caliber seasons, but he’s been quite unfortunate because of how incredible his competitors have been.
So, as much as Dr. J wants him to win this year, he’ll need to close out the season in a historical fashion to snatch the award away from Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, or even Kevin Durant.
But hey, there’s always next season, Joel, so don’t sweat it, man.