Philadelphia 76ers star big man Joel Embiid has always talked about being one of the top players in the game and wanting to win the big NBA awards at the end of every season. However, he was snubbed for every award and team in the 2019-20 season and that motivated him to be even better in the future.
To begin the 2020-21 season, he is averaging 26.4 points and 11.3 rebounds and he has thrown the Sixers on his back whenever the time calls for it. He had 42 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday's 117-109 win over the Boston Celtics and he is in the early MVP conversations to begin the season.
The MVP debate was taken to ESPN's First Take and Max Kellerman and Kendrick Perkins made their case for the big fella to be MVP of the season.
Perkins, who played for coach Doc Rivers and won a title with him in 2008 with the Boston Celtics, then added:
Embiid will obviously have to keep up his strong play throughout the season, but it's clear that his play is beginning to turn heads to begin this new season in the NBA.