“I want to be better than Shaq,” Embiid said. “That means I’ve got to win. I mean, if you look at the numbers, I’m up there when it comes to numbers with the best.
I think about it. Last year, I averaged 27 [points] and 13 [rebounds]. Shaq, I think he only did it once. That was the MVP year, in 2000, when he was Finals MVP. Because I don’t have a championship on my resume, because I don’t have one or more, people don’t look at it. “A lot of guys don’t do that,” said Embiid, who joined O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history to have seasons in which they averaged at least 27.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks; Abdul-Jabbar did it twice, capturing league MVP honors with those numbers in 1974-75.