Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) and forward Perry Ellis (34) during the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid has his mind set on being MVP down the road

The Philadelphia 76ers took a slight risk when they selected former Kansas standout Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Embiid would have been a steal at No. 3 had he been fully healthy, but there is no question that his health is a concern.

Embiid has been working diligently to get into basketball shape and rehabbing his injured leg prior to the beginning of the season to prove his doubters and naysayers wrong.

In fact, Embiid has some very high aspirations in his first few years in the NBA, and that includes winning the MVP over the likes of LeBron James.

That is quite the bold statement from Embiid considering he has yet to step on the court against the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, and many more MVP candidates from the last several years.

If Embiid had not gotten injured just a week out from the NBA Draft earlier this year, he would have likely been selected No. 1 overall. No NBA evaluator of talent questions how good Embiid could potentially be, but his health is certainly an issue.

If there is one thing Embiid is lacking, it certainly is not confidence. While the press focuses on Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, Embiid is focusing on bettering his game and becoming a force in the NBA for years to come. For the Philadelphia 76ers, that is music to their ears.

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