Is 76ers Potential To Win An NBA Title Directly Tied To Embiid?
On Friday, Brett Brown had a Zoom Call with the media and one of the topics discussed was about Joel Embiid's fitness and the Sixers potential this postseason. Brown told the media on the call that the Sixers "are built for the playoffs" and wants Embiid to play about 38 minutes in playoff games. In 202 regular season games, Embiid has averaged 30.6 Minutes Per Game; In 19 postseason starts, Embiid has only played at least 38 Minutes in three games and the Sixers lost all of those games by a combined score of Seven Points. In those three games in which he played at least 38 minutes, Joel Embiid averaged 23.3 Points Per Game; that is three more points than his postseason average (20.7 PPG in the playoffs).
Washington Post National NBA Writer Ben Golliver joined Josh Hennig and Ryan Rothstein on Friday with reaction to Brett Brown's comments about Joel Embiid:
"The (Brett Brown) comment about they go as Joel (Embiid) goes, I'm glad he said that, I think that does need to be said. Look, if he is not right physically, if he's not playing like an MVP Candidate the Sixers weren't very good this year. They were fine without him, they weren't winning a lot of games on the road, they were up and down, they had some nice moments. But when he played like an MVP on Christmas they beat the Milwaukee Bucks, the best team in the league handily. So their ceiling is directly tied to Joel Embiid's fitness and him performing at his top capabilities."
Checkout what Golliver had to say about contrasting Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo differences, perspective on Elton Brand's roster construction, if the 76ers as currently constructed can with an NBA Championship, and more