THTP: Joel Embiid still can’t crack the Top 5 in latest NBA MVP Ladder, proving yet again that dark forces will do anything to stop The Process
Another week, another ridiculous update from the NBA’s MVP Ladder. Joel Embiid somehow, only moved up a single spot in the Rankings to No. 6, still leaving him out of the Top 5.
Look, I know it’s beyond saturated bitching about the NBA MVP, even more so when we have seen the blatant disrespect for Joel Embiid repeat itself over the last three years but if no one is going to take a stand against the NBA and their disregard for what Embiid is doing here in Philadelphia, then I guess I’ll take the torch and continue to write about it.
NBA’s Updated MVP Ladder
- Nikola Jokic
- Jayson Tatum
- Kevin Durant
- Luka Doncic
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Joel Embiid
- Ja Morant / Donovan Mitchell
- Jaylen Brown
- Zion Williamson
Joel Embiid took home the Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors, averaging 35.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in December while shooting .417 from three-point range.
According to NBA.com, Embiid’s totals in points (460), rebounds (129) and blocks (23) make him one of four players in league history with such numbers over 13 outings, joining himself (earlier this season), and Hall of Famers Moses Malone, Bob McAdoo and Shaquille O’Neal.
Embiid led the 76ers to a 9-4 record (.692) in December. This included a season-long win streak of eight games from Dec. 9-25. Philadelphia’s .692 winning percentage ranked third in the NBA throughout the month.
Oh, and the Sixers have are 11-2 over their last 13 games.
I mean honestly. It really doesn’t even make sense at this point. Embiid averages more points, rebounds, and assists than Jayson Tatum and the Philadelphia 76ers are just 2.5 games back of the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Standings. How does that even relate to a four-person gap in the NBA MVP Rankings?
Well what about Giannis? That makes sense, right Drew? Nope. Sure doesn’t.
Here’s a bunch of stats for you nerds that need a full breakdown.
Joel Embiid vs Giannis
- PTS: Embiid (33.1)
- AST: Giannis (5.1)
- REB: Giannis (11.2)
- STL: Embiid (1.1)
- BLK: Embiid (1.6)
- TO: Tied (3.8)
- FG: Tied (53%)
- 3PT: Embiid (34%)
- FT: Embiid (85%)
- EFG: Embiid (63%)
- PER: Embiid (30.1)
- WS: Embiid (4.4)
- BPM: Embiid (8.4)
Joel Embiid vs Nikola Jokic
Even when you compare Embiid and Jokic, he’s clearly out performing him this season as well, with less help on the court.
Tyrese Maxey and James Harden have missed 29 games this season. MPJ and Murray have missed 19. Sixers defensive rating is currently 107.9 (2nd) while the Nuggets is 114 (24th).
Embiid is averaging 33-10-5 on 52/35/86 splits while Jokic is averaging 24-11-9 on 62/33/80.
How does this make sense?
It doesn’t. There’s literally zero explanation as to why Embiid would not be ranked over Tatum, Giannis, and Jokic.
If you want to make the case that Kevin Durant is the front runner for MVP with Luka Doncic in second, then that’s perfectly fine. Outside of that, there’s really no logical explanation, whether you look at individual stats or team stats, that Joel Embiid should be anywhere in the rankings outside of the Top 3.
The NBA and National Media Hate The Process
So why does the national media, writers, and really the NBA absolutely despise Joel Embiid and the city of Philadelphia? Well, we’ve discussed this multiple times here at The Liberty Line and it’s really not hard to understand why.
The Philadelphia 76ers ushered in the tanking philosophy with “The Process” and now have Daryl Morey, who has spoken out against China. The NBA Deep State simply cannot stand either of them. No one likes Morey and no one likes Embiid.
Sure, that might sound crazy but if you have any other logical explanation outside of that please let me know.
I’ll hangup and listen.