The Philadelphia 76ers center, Joel Embiid is certainly in the early running for the National Basketball Association NBA MVP honors.
And that is with the early fight for the prestigious MVP prize already taking shape.
Players such as the likes of Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo are, however, the early pacesetters.
Each and every one of them has all started the 2018/19 NBA season on a high.
However, most if not all of them, are not having a spell which is better than Africa’s very own Embiid.
In the opening 15 matches of the 2018/2019 term, he has so far been playing his best basketball to date.
And as a result, the Cameroonian seems to be on a mission to rewrite the history books in the game.
Embiid who has a total minutes of 526 so far also leads the league in total rebounds with 201.
And this includes 165 defensive rebounds, another sub-category in which he is the league’s fore runner.
No player has scored more points than Embiid this season as he has tallied 423 so far.
The Philadelphia 76ers center has also been averaging a points tally of 28.2 points per game.
Embiid is also in very serious contention for the scoring title early on.
And should he keep this form, he could become the first-ever African player to win a scoring title.
Embiid optimistic of becoming NBA MVP
The Philadelphia 76ers center, Joel Embiid is very much optimistic of becoming an NBA MVP, according to valid media reports.
On the other hand, though, no true center has won MVP since Shaquille O’Neal did that in the 1999/2000 season.
The Cameroonian big man has also stated in very clear terms that he is quite confident he can change that.
He has further expressed his desire to not only make the NBA Finals but to win MVP.
And it is possible with the Eastern Conference opening up with the exit of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 23-year-old Embiid has now made the disclosure that he feels ready more than ever.
“This was my first summer healthy and I was able to play basketball and work on my body.
“I have a great deal of excitement, I feel like the goal should be to get to the Finals.” Embiid said to Kwesé Sports.
“As an individual, I want to win the MVP because if I play better, my team plays better.
“That is the goal and I have to set the bar high,” the East and Central African star said.
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