“I get in trouble when I say things like that, but it’s the most unstoppable thing I’ve ever seen,” Morey told Beck. “And I saw a lot. You know who I saw. But I’ve never seen anything like it. Like last night against Rudy Gobert, he was standing in front of him at eight feet, and I mean, he ended up in a Dunk. And (Gobert) is a great Defender. And he had no Answer.”
There’s something to what Morey says about the eye test part of it, although it’s obviously subjective (and questionable Prisoner of the moment). Morey pointed to Embiid’s 40-point, 19-rebound rebound against double defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert just before the All-Star Break, which isn’t even his most dominant performance of the Season. In fact, it was Embiid’s fifth game of at least 40 points and 10 rebounds, which includes his only all-time 50-point game, which was in February. 19, against the Chicago Bulls.
Compared to Harden, which is difficult given their playing styles, the main difference is Embiid’s position as a center versus Harden’s place as a ball control guard in a league that occupies exactly that position. That means Harden has averaged 29 points or more for five straight seasons of a series that will end this year, but an all-timer nonetheless. It includes a two-year run in which Harden scored 36.1 and 34.3 points per game.
Not to say that one is better than the other in this silly sports debate — and honestly, I don’t have a side, and I don’t care who you are — but to Morey’s point, Embiid’s first 30 games may have made him more unstoppable once they pulled out the quarters. For Harden, the leader in the standings came at 44 percent of ball possession. As compensation 36.1 points, he shot 36.8 percent from three and 35.5 percent from the following campaign, while he averaged 34.3. Not bad efficiency-wise, but he was supported by his free throw attempts per game (11.0 and 11.8, respectively), where he hit between 86-and-88 percent. Harden also tried 24.5 shots per game, of which more than 13 came from three, among his most unprotected.
For Embiid, it’s just different. The 7-foot center is averaging 30.2 points and 11.6 rebounds, while being considered one of the best defenders in the league and doing that at both ends. Embiid also puts striking shards of 52.1 / 41.6 / 85.6 but is mainly in the notation of the Arc. Even with 18.2 striking attempts per game, Embiid is only three shots from three points per competition to lift, the lowest record of his career. He also stems 11.6 free throws per game.
Embiid works harder for his buckets. His average field gate test distance is 11.7 feet, nearly five feet longer than Harden’s, meaning Embiid has far more traffic jams on the roadway and inside. 83.7 percent of Embiid’s recordings come from two, a career high, while Harden was less than 50 percent due to his volume of three. And Embiid’s 124 rude rating would be Harden’s best outside of his sixth Man of the Year season in Oklahoma City (2011-12), although the Beards ‘ current run with the Brooklyn Nets raised his O rating to 124, which would match Embiid’s this Season, but his two super-scoring seasons would be worse (118 and 120).
Especially in this league of guards, Embiid averaged 30 points this Season, which is mainly a performance performed by guards like Harden, Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and Michael Jordan. If Embiid stays at or above the 30-point-per-game mark, he is the first big man since Karl Malone (1989-1990) and the first center since Moses Malone (1981-1982) to reach that historic mark.