Joel Embiid: ‘I’m the Best Defensive Player in the League’

by November 23, 2017
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Joel Embiid says he’s the NBA’s top defensive player, “not to be cocky” or anything.

Embiid’s massive block on a driving Damian Lillard punctuated the Sixers’ 101-81 win Wednesday night against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

The big fella lead Philly with a 28 points, 12 rebounds and two swats.

Per the AP:

“It was just a regular block,” said Embiid, who finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.

 

Embiid’s modest answer followed a bold claim.

 

“Not to be cocky, but I think I’m the best defensive player in the league right now,” he said. “I just want to keep on growing. I’m still getting better. My blocks are a little bit down, but I’m a better rebounder this year. … I’m doing a lot of things to help the team win, and the guys around me do a lot of things to help me, too. I just want to keep on growing defensively and be the best defensive player in the league. Hopefully, this year I can win Defensive Player of the Year.”