Would Embiid really be someone who gets traded?
The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers are rumored to be close to making a huge trade similar to the trade for Damian Lillard the Bucks made this offseason. That Lillard trade might certainly be the defining trade of GM Jon Horst’s tenure. It was certainly unexpected for most Bucks fans. And this trade would also have major ramifications throughout the Eastern Conference as teams try to catch up to the roster talent of the Bucks and Celtics.
Would this trade get disgruntled star James Harden to play again with the 76ers? You’d have to think so.
Here is the deal from NBA Expert Tyree Bones, and NBA Expert Keith Pompey all through NBA Central:
The Philadelphia 76er’s Receive: 2 First Round Picks
F Julius Randle
G/F R.J. Barrett
G Evan Fournier
C Mitchell Robinson
The New York Knicks Receive:
The New York Knicks are reportedly willing to offer a package that includes 2-3 1st-round picks, Julius Randle, R.J. Barrett, Evan Fournier, and Mitchell Robinson in exchange for Joel Embiid, per @PompeyOnSixers pic.twitter.com/xzC8DXPwid
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) October 24, 2023
The 29 year old MVP still has some good years ahead of him. Over his career he has averaged an astounding 27.2 points per game. He has also shot an incredible 50% from the field. He has done all of this while still pulling down 11 rebounds a game.
All of this from the center position, the position most “void” of talent in the NBA.
During his MVP season last season check out this stat line: 33.1 points per game, 10.2 rebounds and 4,2 steals. Embiid also averaged close to two blocks (1.7) per game. That is very impressive.
Embiid does not have much of a weakness to his game. If you had to pick two things it would have to be free throw shooting (80% career average) and passing (3 assists a game). But those two things are very nit-picky. He is a truly complete player who can almost single-handedly win a game for his team.
Similar to Giannis and Lillard, Joel Embiid is able to control the tempo and flow of a game, getting to and making his shots.
How might this impact the Bucks?
Well, having Embiid in New York would certainly be better for Milwaukee than having him in Philadelphia because of the other talent on the roster. New York has Quentin Grimes and not much else after dealing for Embiid. You would have to think that New York will still need another year or two to build up talent around him.
But this trade also makes the 76er’s less of a threat.
Randle is a great player; so is Harden. But even together they just don’t seem to pose the overall threat Joel Embiid poses by himself. It would give the 76er’s some great depth. But it feels like the only player to be able to add some long-term depth is R.J. Barrett. Barrett can play and still has the potential to bloom into an NBA star, above where he is today.
Embiid, however, is playing at the top of his game.
And to think the Bucks could have had Joel Embiid. (Click on the article below.)
Many “mock NBA redrafts” have Milwaukee selected Embiid second. Could you even imagine? Giannis together with Embiid! Wow!
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