Joel Embiid doubles down on talk of winning MVP next season
Joel Embiid is clearly feeling confident about the upcoming 2018-19 NBA season by again saying during a recent interview he can see himself winning the MVP award.
Embiid doubled down on his previous MVP prediction during an interview for the MindFrameGaming YouTube channel.
“I feel like this summer is this my first healthy summer ever, so I have been putting the work in and working out every day, and I have already gotten so much better,” Embiid said, as transcribed by Bleacher Report. “I’m starting to see it and I’m excited. I feel like we could be seeing an MVP season.”
Embiid originally articulated his belief he’s on the cusp of an MVP-caliber campaign when reacting to the Philadelphia 76ers’ relatively lackluster offseason. The Sixers, despite reports the team was in the mix, were unable to land the likes of LeBron James in free agency or execute a trade to secure an established superstar like Kawhi Leonard.
“I don’t think it matters, big free agent or not. My goal going into the offseason was to get better. I want to win the MVP,” Embiid said earlier this month. “I feel like at the end of the day it might be an individual award, but when I play better, the team also does. I feel like if I’m an MVP candidate or if I win the MVP, that means we are on another level.”
Whether or not an MVP campaign is in the cards for Embiid as early as next season, chances are good he will be in the discussion for years to come. Either way, Embiid, among the NBA’s most charismatic players, will continue to lead the hardwood renaissance presently taking place in basketball-crazy Philadelphia.