Embiid had quite the opinion on himself after his 39-point performance against DeAndre Jordan and the Brooklyn Nets. In his first game back from the All-Star break, Embiid had one of his best performances of the season.
He put up 39 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks. Now that is an impressive game, but is it the best player in the world stats?
A clue: No.
If you don’t believe me, then look at Damian Lillard. Lillard had a six-game streak of 36+ points, which included three 50-point games and two 40-point games. Embiid has not even had a 50-point game to date. For him to say he’s the best player in the world is quite the statement.
Many would argue that Embiid isn’t even the best Center in the world. Players like Jokic, Towns, or Gobert have also made their own cases for the best Center. Embiid is an incredible talent, but he’s not the best of the best.
He’s not better than Lillard, and even if some think he is, there is no chance in hell that he is better than Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Giannis has Embiid beat in almost every stat. Giannis averages 6.7 more points, 1.5 more rebounds, 1.6 more assists, and more steals. On top of that, he shoots much more efficiently on more attempts. For anyone to think that Embiid is better than Giannis is laughable.
Embiid is a superstar talent, but he’s no Giannis. For him to say he is even in the same conversations as the Greek Freaks is completely ridiculous. Embiid is young and has the potential to become the best, but he has a long way to go before he can even consider himself in that conversation.