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It’s time to trade Joel Embiid

Is it time to part ways with Sixers big man and reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP) Joel Embiid? Joel Embiid is a phenomenal player as he proves this every time he steps on the court. A couple of weeks ago the Sixers big man scored a career high 70 points tying himself for the fourteenth highest scoring game ever. Although he’s a terrific player the question that comes to mind is, Can the Sixers win with him?

Joel Embiid is arguably the most injury prone athlete in the world right now. In Embiid’s eight years in the NBA he has yet to complete a full season. As dominant as a player he is, he can’t get the Sixers past the second round of the playoffs. Think about it, the most valuable player in the NBA, arguably the most dominant player in the NBA, can’t get his team past the second round even with all star teammates such as, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Jimmy Butler, and Ben Simmons.

If the Sixers trade for Embiid they would receive many assets and could rebuild. Sixers fans have been “trusting the process” since 2013. The problem is, who can we trade for Joel Embiid, because no matter what we’re not going to get equal value in return.

The Sixers don’t know how to effectively build around a super star and we have seen time and time again, with players such as Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley and now Joel Embiid. The future of the Sixers is bleak unless they trade Embiid and build around Tyrese Maxey. The whole idea is unfortunate but it’s reality. I would rather have two top twenty players in the NBA that play every game and than a top five player who misses forty percent of games every single year. How can the Sixers sell to themself and their fans that they are championship contenders and think that his injury history is going to go away? Embiid plays poorly every year in the playoffs. If he can’t be the best player on a championship team, then why keep trying? Some players that we trade for are Andre Drummond, or even Kelly Olynyk.

Let’s address the financial part of this. Embiid’s contract takes up the majority of the salary cap. By trading him, the Sixers free up space for other players that can still help. Get a shooter, a defender, someone that does all of the little, a glue guy, the sixers need great role players who are hungry for a title. The Miami Heat are a great example of this. They have a start and Jimmy Butler and great players around him. When the Miami Heat went to the finals is the last seed in the playoffs they had a lot of smaller players, Caleb Martin, Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro and many more. All players whose names don’t hold as much weight or importance in the NBA but players who fit perfectly with their team.

The Sixers need to trade Joe Embiid, It’s the only choice left. Trade him and rebuild again. Its a long process but it’s needed. We can’t win with him.

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Camden Burns
Camden Burns, Staff Writer
Camden is currently a senior at SCH. When he's not in school you can find him in a gym, playing basketball, listening to music, playing video games, cooking or sleeping.
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    Ebony BurnsApr 30, 2024 at 10:59 pm

    Great read!

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    NickApr 25, 2024 at 7:23 am

    Great article Cam!