As Doc Rivers sees it, Joel Embiid garnering the NBA’s MVP award would be a sense of achievement for all of the 76ers.
“I think any individual award, no one does anything by themselves, right?” the coach said. “So I think it would be a feel-good thing for the entire locker room. You know, obviously for Joel, because it is a hell of an accomplishment.”
Rivers said the award would signify that not only do the Sixers have the MVP, but they have solid players, a good team, and are a successful group.
Embiid headed into Saturday’s game against the Detroit Pistons ranked third in the league, scoring 29.2 points per game. He was 10th in rebounding (10.8) and 12th in blocks (1.4). It marked the 49th game Embiid has played in this season. As a result, he’s participated in 72.0% of the Sixers’ 68 games. A player has to play in at least 70% of his team’s games for his statistics to qualify among the league leaders.
Embiid has to play in two of the remaining four games for his statistics to count in the final rankings.
Rivers was asked if he intends to play Embiid in enough games to remain qualified.
“Honestly, I didn’t even know about that rule,” he said. “So that tells you how much I’m focused on that part.”
George Hill on his adjusting to Sixers
George Hill said he’s still getting into shape and trying to find his rhythm and role with the Sixers.
“It’s been a little up and down, but it’s something I’m used to my whole career of just coming in and trying to find a way of figuring it out,” said Hill, who was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 25. “It’s taking a little longer than expected, but just keep putting one foot in front of the other.”
The 35-year-old missed his first 12 games as a Sixer while rehabilitating his right thumb and having to get in shape. He made his debut on April 19 against the Golden State Warriors. Saturday night’s game marked his 12th game played as a Sixer.
Hill had 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. He also called a key time out that calmed the Sixers down while they were scrambling. He averaged 5.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists during his first 11 games.