Joel Embiid Comments On MVP Race

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Joel Embiid speaks on potentially winning his first MVP award.

Joel Embiid has had an excellent 2022-23 season. The Sixers star has been in the conversations for the MVP award for the past few seasons. However, Embiid has watched Nuggets star Nikola Jokic bring home the award for two straight years. The Jokic-Embiid debate has been a hot argument this season. Many believe that the league shouldn't award a player the award for three consecutive seasons. For Embiid, it doesn't really matter.

When speaking on the award, Embiid had this to say: "I'm just focused on trying to win a championship and whatever happens, happens. If [I] win, great. If I don't win anything, I don't care." Embiid isn't necessarily worried about individual awards. His performance on the floor speaks for itself. It also helps put his team in a great position to win the NBA Championship. The Sixers will be a strong candidate to be NBA title contenders. With Embiid and James Harden, the Sixers duo could walk through the Eastern Conference.

Joel Embiid Is More Worried About A NBA Title

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers walks on the court before the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center on March 25, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the 76ers 125-105. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Embiid's numbers have been staggering this season. Although, not that far off from his career averages. This season, Embiid is averaging 33 points per game, along with 10 rebounds and four assists. Anyone that averages a double-double is having a great season. However, averaging a double-double while scoring over 30 points a game is MVP-worthy. Individual awards may not be as important to someone like Embiid. But, Embiid still deserves recognition for an incredible season. Embiid has earned the right to be considered league MVP.

Individual awards have taken a back seat in recent years in all sports. Obviously, the ultimate goal is to win a championship. But that shouldn't diminish the incredible seasons had by these athletes. By saying awards like the MVP are less important, it is a crime to the athletes playing the games. Being recognized as one of the best players of your era is an incredible achievement. Do you feel that individual awards don't feel as important as they used to? Should Embiid be the MVP this season? If not Embiid, then who? Let us know in the comment section below who your MVP would be. For the latest updates on MVP conversations and the NBA, stay right here with HNHH.


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Tyler Reed is a current Sports Writer for HotNewHipHop. He started back in March of 2023 with the company. During his time Tyler has shown his expertise in all things sports. Ranging from NBA news, all the way to boxing and MMA. He has bylines with several outlets, such as Busted Coverage, where Tyler has covered the NFL, College Football, WWE and beyond. Tyler has also written for Detroit Jock City, Wildcat Blue Nation and Swarm and Sting for the FanSided Network. Tyler is a massive Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Reds fan. Being from Kentucky, he chose connections to sports franchises that he enjoyed watching as a child. Unfortunately, his professional fandoms have only brought him pain. Tyler's hobbies outside of work include exercising and binge-watching the same shows he has watched for the last decade while endlessly scrolling through social media. His favorite hip-hop artists are Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kentucky's own Jack Harlow.