Friday, October 22 2021

As the Philadelphia 76ers and the rest of the NBA move forward with their preparation for the 2021-22 season, now is the time for rankings of the best players in the game.

The Sixers are always in the mix for an Eastern Conference crown because they have a lot of talent. They had a few representatives already on ESPN’s top 100 players list. Now their superstar big man has popped up.

Joel Embiid, the 2021 MVP runner-up, comes in ranked seventh right behind MVP Nikola Jokic on the list. ESPN on Embiid:

Before Embiid suffered an unlucky fall in Washington in March, it looked like he had a real shot at being the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. Instead, he wound up finishing second behind Nikola Jokic. Still, if Embiid could be penciled in for 75-plus games today, he would be the heavy favorite to be the league’s MVP this season — and possibly its Defensive Player of the Year as well. With the uncertainty of the Ben Simmons situation, there won’t be a more important stat for the 76ers this season than the number of games Embiid can play.

Embiid averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds in a dominant season for him. Now, he will most likely have to do even more as the team moves on from the Ben Simmons.

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