No other two-time MVP has had to face the level of scrutiny that Giannis Antetokounmpo has thus far in his career. Popular narratives surrounding the Greek Freak in mainstream media have since gone sour, focusing on his unflattering history of playoff performances or his lack of shooting.
Even before they became the top names for an MVP selection, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic have always, for better or worse, been compared to one another.
While it is true that the NBA has become a guard-driven league, the growing versatility of bigger frontcourt players is steadily stealing the spotlight. It is a much different era of basketball nowadays, and gone are All-Star centers who dominate mainly from the post.
The Philadelphia 76ers trusted the process, but it didn't end the way they wanted it to. Playing without their injured all-around point forward in Ben Simmons, the Sixers never stood a chance against the Boston Celtics and got swept.
It was midway into the third quarter when the crowd witnessed a heavy weight brawl between Timberwolves’ leading star Karl-Anthony Towns and Sixers All-Star Joel Embiid. The two big men went hard on each other, scuffled and dragged down to the floor before they were separated and ejected.
Shifting Leonard to the Western Conference alters the balance of power once again. The East is relatively weak, or so it seems.
The Philadelphia 76ers, like many NBA franchises, face great uncertainty this offseason. Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick and Tobias Harris are free agents, while Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that the Sixers could get a free agent meeting with Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard hit a shot from another planet. The sort of moment that belongs in Space Jam. The Philadelphia 76ers were gobsmacked and eliminated in the cruellest way possible. Joel Embiid was in tears. Brett Brown was aghast. The Sixers were the first team in NBA Playoffs history to lose a Game 7 to a buzzer-beater.
Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers meet in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, starting in Canada on Saturday evening. The Raptors overcame the Orlando Magic in five games to progress, while Philadelphia won four straight to beat the Nets after a disappointing Game One display.
The NBA playoffs are less than a fortnight away. The first round starts on 13th April, but there’s plenty to be decided before then.
On paper, the Sixers have everything you need to compete for a championship in 2019.
Philadelphia 76ers agreed a trade to acquire Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Los Angeles Clippers, as confirmed by Sarah Todd.
Oklahoma City Thunder beat Philadelphia 76ers 117-115 in a thrilling game at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
The three best in the East face-off in the Atlantic Division.
From LeBron to Boogie, where does this free agency period leave the NBA?