Joel Embiid Should be Considered an MVP Candidate
It is only January and a lot of people are talking about either James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the MVP, but what about Joel Embiid?
Ben Simmons has once been compared to LeBron James in college. Experts believe he is the next great superstar in the NBA. Simmons is good but not a great player. The former rookie of the year is overrated.
Simmons has been averaging nearly a triple-double since he came into the league. He missed his first season due to an injury but came back the following year and put some impressive numbers. One of his biggest strengths is his ability to pass. Here are a few examples of that.
He also can rebound and attack the basket. The problem is Ben’s jump shot. It’s not just because he doesn’t shoot like Steph Curry or Damian Lillard. His jump is pretty much nonexistent. Ryan Hollins divers deeper into his discussion on First Take.
Even Lonzo Ball has a jump shot and it’s not exactly the most impressive motion to watch. At least Ball has the confidence to take shots when he is open. Simmons, on the other hand, won’t take it at all. This season, He hasn’t attempted a three pointer.
When Simmons doesn’t take jump shots, he is letting defenses off the hook. They can sag off him at the perimeter, knowing he’ll never shoot. Not everyone is the best from that range, but he needs to try.
Ben tries to hide his glaring weakness but doing other things well. He can split two defenders and drive the ball the way to the basketball. He can make any pass he wants and create scoring opportunities for others.
During the regular season, Simmons can get away with not taking shots against lesser teams but not in the playoffs. Last year, he helped and hurt the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs. Here are a few examples of his doing both.
If Ben doesn’t develop a jump shot, he will remain a second-tier player in the NBA. A second-tier player is good but not great. Think about Joe Johnson or Kyle Lowry. Both of those players fit that category. All of them are good but individually, there is something that keeps them both from being great players.
On the bright side, Simmons is only 22 years old and has time to grow. At the same time, it is a bit concerning that he appears disinterested in developing his shot. If he wants to be known as one of the great point guards in history, he has no choice but to develop a well-rounded offensive attack.