Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid is one of the best players in the league regardless of position. The 7ft guy does so many elite things on the court, like a person who can put the ball down and dribble past defenders, he can take down jumpers, and he’s adept at standing.
As such, he is highly respected in the league as he is able to do a lot of great things on the court.
After averaging 30.6 points per game and leading the league in scoring, the 2021-22 season sees the big guy back at the top of the rankings. Bleacher Report released list of the most dominant players in each position and Embiid ranks as the second-most important center, trailing, of course, Denver Nuggets star and reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic.
B/R on Embiid:
If Embiid had played any other position, the first place could have been his. Every comprehensive metric available puts him in either second place (real plus or minus) or third (plus/minus box, RAPTOR, player performance rating, win share) overall. The problem is that he looks at Jokic in every one of them.
It’s impossible to know if Embiid will ever be able to close that gap, but the fact that he’s risen to this height is a credit to his improved accessibility and all-around attack growth. His assists are on the rise, his turnover continues to drop, he threatens to score from anywhere, and his defense is impenetrable. Putting him second in anything seems cruel, but such is life when you’re tied with a back-to-back MVP winner.
For now, all these ratings will go to Jokic. The Denver star is a back-to-back MVP winner, so he’s going to get the nod over Embiid at this point until the big guy can beat him on the roster.
When it comes to these rankings, it really comes down to preference. Who would rather have the league’s top scorer who is also an elite defender or choose a guy who can do it all?
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