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Embiid's MVP Pursuit, Playing for His Late Brother's Memory

Joel Embiid, the 2022-2023 NBA MVP, is doing amazing things this 2023-2024 season, and it's all for his brother.

In 2014, Embiid was drafted into the league by the Philadelphia 76ers. Embiid and his family are from Yaounde, Cameroon. Embiid had one person that motivated him in his life: his brother Arthur. Before Embiid moved to the United States he and Arthur were always together. When he was 16, he had his first day of basketball camp but was too nervous to go, so he skipped and stayed home to play a soccer video game with Arthur. Unfortunately, Embiid's dad found out and everything changed. He was forced to go to his basketball camp and would hardly ever see Arthur again.

After going to camps in his country, Embiid was recognized and got the ability to play basketball in the United States and the family moved. After a couple of years passed he was declared for the draft. He ended up being drafted in 2014 by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 3rd overall pick. When Embiid got drafted, Arthur was still in Cameroon. He missed him and wanted him to come to see him play in the league. Four months passed and Embiid got a call that Arthur was killed in an accident back home. After he heard the news, Embiid turned to shambles. Although he was in a rough spot, he was not letting that stop him. Embiid pushed himself to be great and face his challenges. Embiid won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2022-2023 season, proving himself as one of the best foreign players in the league. Embiid is showing his worth in the league as a foreign player.

Embiid is putting up incredible numbers this season averaging 38 points per game, 11.3 rebounds per game, and five assists per game. Embiid is almost averaging a triple-double this season, this alone is putting him in the discussion to win the MVP award again this 2023-2024 season. He broke the record this year for most points in a game by a player in the Philadelphia 76ers franchise history. Embiid scored 70 points beating Wilt Chamberlain's 68-point game. Now, he is seeking the championship title for his family and especially for his brother Arthur.

[Source: ESPN, The Only Way Is Through]

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