Philadelphia’s faith in Embiid remains strong.
Keith Pompey, a dedicated Philadelphia 76ers reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, reported on Joel Embiid on Sunday.
Since the end of the Allen Iverson era, Joel Embiid has been the player who has gained the most traction in Philadelphia. After an extreme rebuild that saw the team embrace the “Trust the Process” mantra, Philadelphia rebuilt itself with a lot of controversy, and Embiid was at the center of it all.
As expected by the organization, Embiid has developed into one of the best players in the league. After finishing second in regular season MVP voting for the second straight year, this season he finally won his first MVP award. It’s been 22 years since Philadelphia has had an MVP since Iverson (2001).
But the Embiid era hasn’t been all roses for Philadelphia. Starting with the 2017-2018 season, when Embiid really hit his stride, the Phils made the playoffs for six straight years, but they were all supporting roles.
In six playoff appearances, Embiid has never made it to the conference finals. Even this season, when he won the MVP award, he was stymied by Boston, his playoff nemesis. Three of his five second-round exits have come in Game 7.
Joel Embiid & Philadelphia’s playoff history
2018: Second round exit (vs Boston in 4 games)
2019: Second round exit (vs Toronto 3 games to 4)
2020 : Eliminated in the first round (vs. Boston in 4 games)
2021 : Eliminated in the second round (vs. Atlanta 3 games to 4)
2022 : Eliminated in the second round (vs Miami 2 wins and 4 losses)
2023: Second round exit (vs Boston 3 games to 4)
The problem is that Embiid is not immune from the blame for Philadelphia’s playoff atrocities. Embiid is one of those players whose impact diminishes in the playoffs compared to the regular season. His ongoing injury issues often prevent him from performing at his best. In the last three consecutive seasons, he’s been injured during the playoffs. 먹튀검증
This season is no different. He’s averaged just 23.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 43.1% shooting from the field, and 17.9% from three-point range in the playoffs. The scoring machine that dominated the regular season was missing, and he lost the ego battle to Jayson Tatum, who was the ace in the hole when it mattered. It was a series that couldn’t be blamed on anyone.
That’s why it’s been suggested that Philadelphia needs to make a change in a franchise that continues to fail. With James Harden set to opt out of the summer trade deadline, Philadelphia could be in for a major rebuild if they let Embiid go.
At the same time, the New York Daily News reported that the Knicks were looking to trade Embiid. For Embiid personally, being traded so soon after winning the MVP award might be a bit humiliating.
However, the Philly organization seems intent on sticking with the franchise legend and doesn’t plan on trading him anytime soon. Even if they did, they wouldn’t be able to get much in return. Keeping Embiid would mean sticking with the Wynnau route.
According to Pompey, “Philadelphia has no plans to trade Joel Embiid. He’s untouchable on this team,” Pompey wrote.
“There are those who say we should trade him, but it’s not that simple. Embiid is the face of Philadelphia and has led us to 154 wins in three seasons. Sure, you would get some great players and multiple first-round picks for him, but Philadelphia is not close to trading a future Hall of Famer.”
After firing Doc Rivers, Philadelphia is now working on finding a head coach for the upcoming season. Who do you think will be Embiid’s replacement?