Winning MVP is one of the highest honors any NBA player could ever dream of.
Standing out in the most star-studded competition in major sports is no easy task, let alone being the most valuable player amongst them.
However, as of late, it seems like being the MVP has come with a bit of a curse.
As NBA on ESPN pointed out, the last four NBA MVPs have failed to even reach the Conference Finals.
It's been a struggle for MVPs as of late 👀 pic.twitter.com/9ZezZIEEMk
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 14, 2023
Joel Embiid had a chance to put an end to that streak, yet his Philadelphia 76ers collapsed when it mattered the most.
Notably, Nikola Jokic was the MVP frontrunner for the better part of the season, and he did reach the Western Conference Finals after back-to-back MVP seasons falling short of that goal.
Jokic would swap those two MVP trophies for an NBA championship any day of the week, and Embiid might feel the same way.
Embiid has also become the only MVP in NBA history that never reached the Conference Finals, although he still has plenty of years left to change that.
Curses and jinxes in sports have been a talking point for decades, and while they may or may not exist or be true, facts are facts and we have to report them.
Who knows? Maybe players will finally stop campaigning for winning the MVP award after the word goes out on this new curse, as it would only add to the heartbreak that comes with having your promising season end sooner than expected.NEXT: Joel Embiid Calls Out Teammates After Game 7 Loss