azapikoa wrote:A fact is Embiid will likely end the regular season having missed 1/3 of the games. That's not MVP worthy.
This isn't a normal season either.
Let's look at the candidates:
Embiid (missed a good chunk of time) - maybe has a chance
LeBron - will miss too much time (6-8 weeks), no chance, and the legacy narrative was weak. He'll need to come back this week to have any chance.
Joker- Stellar season, Nuggets winning now, but Joker's production has dropped off the last week. Had a great game today. But I'd say he needs a top 2 see atleast
Giannis - Out with Knee issues, Playing well, voter fatigue
Lillard - Came on really well prior to all star break, has had hit a big rut production wise in the last 2 weeks. Record is not great, they are a slightly above average team in the West.
Harden - Bailed on his team in Houston, put up historic numbers in Brooklyn, but will now miss minimum 10 games (feel like that's the nail in the coffin, given that it was already a stretch for him to win it with the Houston narrative).
It's still anyone's game.