MVP Race: Nobody can slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo

MVP Race: Nobody can slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo


MVP Race: Nobody can slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo

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7. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

STATS: 26.4 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.8 bpg, 47.2 FG%

Last week’s MVP rankings touched on Embiid’s recent frustration. He made headlines for saying he hasn’t been himself lately and that he feels it’s “mainly because of the way I’ve been used” by head coach Brett Brown.

In addition to questioning Brown and saying he’s been “on the perimeter” too much, the report suggested he was unhappy with his role since the 76ers acquired Jimmy Butler. Well, Embiid clarified how he feels in an interview with Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times.

“I know everybody took it out of context. I love everybody. I love my teammates. I love my coaching staff,” Embiid stressed to Moore. “[That was] me being frustrated because I hold myself to a really high standard; [it] played a role in whatever that was said.”

According to Moore, Brown and Embiid had a four-hour conversation to clear the air. The 76ers have lost three of their last four games, including a 27-point blowout against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Embiid struggled again in the loss to the Spurs, scoring just 13 points on 6-17 shooting from the field (including 0-6 from three).

When a team acquires a focal point like Butler, there’s an adjustment period for everyone involved. Fortunately, Philly is still just three games back from the top seed in the Eastern Conference, so it’s not time for to panic just yet.

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