Heroball #6: The night of the centers

Heroball #6: The night of the centers

Joel Embiid has been receiving raving reviews this season being among the most dominant players in the league. The Sixers’ superstar is among the favorites to win the MVP award leading his team to the top of the east.

The center from Cameroon is making his team better in every aspect of the game and that’s the reason he is among the candidates to become an MVP this year.

Philadelphia is on a plus-10.7 net rating when Embiid is taking the floor being better in every advance metric as a team. When Embiid is out, the Sixers are on a minus-5.5 net rating.

The All-Star starter set a career-high with 50 points in Philadelphia’s 112-105 victory vs. the Bulls, adding 17 rebounds, five assists, two steals and four blocks.

He became the first Sixer since Allen Iverson on 2005 to score 50 in a game. Embiid had to take over with Ben Simmons and Shake Milton unavailable to record a performance for the ages.

The Sixers’ center shot 65-percent from the field on 25 attempts with seven of them coming from the in-between area. In the fourth quarter, Embiid made 3-out-of-6 shots including an important fadeaway jumper to seal the deal for his team.

The magic of Nikola Vucevic

If Denver’s Jamal Murray wasn’t going for 50 without a free-throw last night, people would have defenitrely talk about the Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic.

The pivot from Montenegro had a huge impact against the undersized Golden State Warriors to record a tripl-double without registering a turnover.

Vucevic went off for 30 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to lead his team to a comeback victory over the ‘dubs’. The Orlando were on a gargantuan -110 with the Montenegrin in the bench.

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And that defense on Steph Curry in the last seconds of the game executing perfectly the defensive plan in the last seconds of the game.

The injury-ravaged Orlando Magic would have been in the playoff conversation with Vucevic having a career-year this season.

The Magic has lost to injury Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac(from last season), Aaron Gordon, Cole Anthony, while Al-Farouq Aminu just returned after missing the last season.Vucevic averages 23.4 points on 47.6-percent from the field and a career-high 41.6-percent from deep through 29 games.

He’s also the third best among bigs in mid-range making 45.6-percent of his 5.3 attempts per game. Only Joel Embiid and LaMarcus Aldridge are converting their shots from mid-rang in higher percentage

The Orlando’s big is expanding his range further and further from the basket shooting 6.2 threes above the break per game and converting them on a tremendous 40.6-percent clip this season.

At the same time, Nikola Jokic, another MVP candidate this season, recorded his eighth triple-double this season scoring 16 points along with 12 rebounds and 10 dimes in the win over Cavaliers.

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