History Backs Joel Embiid’s MVP Candidate Despite Some Missed Games

The numbers that Joel Embiid gave right now don’t make any sense. He has scored at least 30 points in 13 of his last 14 games, scoring 50 in less than 30 minutes and helping the Philadelphia 76ers compete for home advantage in the Eastern Conference.

While Embiid’s play is telling in large numbers, the overall record of the team and the number of games he missed minus much of the argument that he should be the MVP.

However, it is not without precedent for what Embiid is doing.

In 1977-1978, Bill Walton won the MVP despite playing less than 80% of the games that year. He played 58 of the possible 82 games (70.7%). Walton’s Blazers was the No. 1 seed at the Western Conference that year, but he still played the fewest games any MVP has played.

That’s the argument for Joel Embiid. A lot of stars have been absent this season and the top teams with no fully-deserving candidates are a runaway pick. Embiid belongs in the conversation, especially with the way he’s played this year.

Embiid is hitting a career-high average in points per game and 3 per cent – all while playing under 33 minutes a game.

WynnBET his odds are currently placed in third place at +300, behind Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stephen Curry (+275).

With the way Embiid is playing, all history and what MVP is normally rated may have to be thrown away. He’s having a full-time season and voters shouldn’t be afraid to reward him for it. And bettors shouldn’t be afraid of losing their chance either.

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John Verrall

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