The end of the 2022-23 NBA regular season is right around the corner, which means the time to make an impact in the race for the NBA MVP award is closing fast.
The current consensus around the league seems to be that it is a two-man race between Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Although it seems like a toss-up or a coin flip for most at this point, Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard believes Embiid should come out on top this time, as he made this clear on The Dan Patrick Show.
–@Dame_Lillard tells us why @JoelEmbiid is his pick for #NBA MVP this season #Sixers
Dame’s full appearance: https://t.co/0x8DBmwXWr pic.twitter.com/68eZA4O5f7
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) March 31, 2023
Lillard believes Embiid is currently the most dominant player in the game, and he may not be wrong, as the 76ers superstar is having another career year in Philadelphia.
Embiid is currently averaging a career-high 33.2 points per game to go along with 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
The veteran center is also shooing an impressive 54.4% from the floor and 34% from three-point range.
Much like the Nuggets, Philadelphia has clinched a playoff berth and already has its sights set on the postseason rather than the few remaining regular-season games.
As for Jokic, the Nuggets superstar is averaging nearly a triple-double, with 24.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game.
There’s no question Jokic is more of an all-around player offensively, but Embiid has the advantage in the scoring department, and defensively, so there couldn’t be two players more evenly matched for NBA MVP.
Only time will tell how this all pans out for the two big men, with both having a legitimate case for the regular-season award.
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