Nikola Jokić is on the verge of a new MVP award. His main rival, Cameroonian Joel Embiid, has dropped out of the race for the prestigious award due to a left knee injury. With a new rule in place by the NBA, players must play a minimum of 65 games in the regular season to be eligible for the MVP award. Embiid has already missed 13 games this season, meaning he can only afford to miss five more games if he wants to remain in the running for the MVP award and be selected for the league’s ideal team.
It’s clear that his hiatus will be considerably longer and he has essentially dropped out of the race. In a struggle for the ball, Kuminga dived into Embiid’s knee, forcing him to head to the locker room. Embiid writhed in pain on the court, immediately indicating that it was a serious injury. Embiid is currently the leading scorer in the NBA with an average of 35.3 points per game.
This season, he also averages 11.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. His Sixers are currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 30-18.