Can Joel Embiid repeat as MVP? What do the odds say?

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid reacts after the 76ers won an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Friday, March 10, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

After securing his first-ever MVP award during the 2022-2023 NBA season, can Joel Embiid repeat his spectacular and win back-to-back MVPs?

The franchise center of the Philadelphia 76ers realized his long-time dream after, at long last, being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the time in his career. Over 66 games, Embiid averaged 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists, boasting career-highs in both points and field goal percentage (54.8%). One major key to his success was his pairing with Sixers’ guard James Harden with whom he formed a dominant pick-and-roll combination.

However, it does not appear that Embiid will have that luxury this upcoming season as Harden remains adamant about his desire to be traded by Philadelphia. Without his point guard partner, can Joel Embiid repeat as league MVP? What do the odds have to say about it?

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after scoring a three point basket to give his team the lead in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

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Is Joel Embiid being overlooked?

Nikola Jokic+400
Luka Doncic+500
Giannis Antetokounmpo+550
Joel Embiid+650
Jayson Tatum+900

One could argue recency bias is at the root of Joel Embiid’s position behind former MVPs Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo and likely future MVP Luka Doncic. While that may play a small part, the fact that Joel Embiid has much to prove despite his personal accomplishment last season is undeniable.

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) shoots at the basket as Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends during the first half of Game 7 in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Sunday, May 14, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

While the Sixers’ current roster is unlikely to look the exact same come the start of the regular season, that uncertainty only adds to the levels of questions working against Embiid but is that perhaps all the more reason to back his repeat campaign?

At +650 odds, Joel Embiid is quite the bargain to win the 2023-24 MVP award. He will once again have complete control over the offense and may receive even better looks than last season, thanks to the coaching of Nick Nurse. Without Harden and with Nurse running the locker room, Joel Embiid is expected by many to build similar talents to those that Marc Gasol brought to Nurse’s Raptors in 2018 — that being those of a versatile floor-stretching big who can even facilitate the offense.

Can Embiid become Gasol 2.0? Will that be enough to secure a back-to-back MVP? Only time will tell.

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