Shaq is one of three players to win MVP, All-Star MVP and Finals MVP in a season. Joel is the first center since Shaq to win the scoring title
Joel Embiid and Philadelphia 76ers have been on a tear this season. The 76ers beat Toronto at the buzzer in Game 2, courtesy Embiid’s 3 pointer, in the ongoing playoff series to take a 2-0 lead. Embiid has been highly influential in both the wins as he has been throughout the regular season.
Embiid led the NBA in scoring for the first time in his career, with 30.6 points per game. He also averaged 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists across 68 appearances, leading the Philadelphia 76ers (51-31) to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
On ESPN’s ‘NBA Today’, Shaquille O’Neal endorsed Embiid to win the MVP race.
O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion, earned two scoring titles as a center. Big Shaq is one of only three players to win MVP, All-Star MVP and Finals MVP in the same season.
Embiid is the first center since O’Neal to win the NBA scoring title (29.7 ppg during O’Neal’s MVP season). Thus, O’Neal’s endorsement of Embiid for this year’s MVP has more weight.
After watching Embiid drill in a buzzer beater 3, Shaq shared his thoughts on big men shooting threes in today’s league.
Joel Embiid after scoring 50 PTS on 17/23 Shooting: “I’m able to be Shaq & whenever I want, I’m also able to be Dirk or Kobe or MJ or any guards…I was OK tonight.” pic.twitter.com/VASKIacnNR
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 20, 2022
What Shaq is trying to say is, that it makes more sense to use your shooters as they are supposed to be used, instead of attempting to develop your own deep game. Though it is a benefit in situations you are left open from deep, Shaq is arguing that there should not be enough occasions to put you in that position as a big man to try and build that skill over utilizing your ability to drain the easy two.