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Embiid shouldn’t be considered for ROY

Joel Embiid is a remarkable talent and was dominant when he was on the court, but 31 games is not enough to warrant winning the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.

Are 31 dominant games in an 82-game season enough to make a guy the NBA’s Rookie of the Year?

Since Joel Embiid suffered a season-ending left knee injury that is the question the NBA is being faced with. In 31 games Embiid was clearly the most dominant rookie, having averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 46.6-percent from the floor and 36.7-percent from 3-point range.

No other rookie is even close. Dario Saric has next in line, averaging 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and is shooting just 40.9-percent from the floor.

So can a guy win the Rookie of the Year when has not even played in half of his team’s games?

He shouldn’t. Embiid simply did not provide enough of an impact throughout the course of the year. This year Embiid played 786 minutes. That is just under 27-percent of the total minutes he could have played for his team in a full season. He only played in 13 wins for the 76ers.

There is no denying how talented Embiid is and how much of an impact his versatility makes him a massive threat, but the 786 minutes just isn’t enough. Kyrie Irving won the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year with the fewest minutes played by a rookie, with 1,558 played; more than double Embiid’s minutes.

New precedent can be set, and the fact that no other rookie has been all that good certainly makes this a difficult debate, but it just shouldn’t happen in this situation.

At this moment, the person who should win the NBA Rookie of the Year is Malcolm Brogdon. He’s averaging 9.9 points per game at a 44.6-percent clip and 4.0 assists per game. He’s had a triple-double among some other remarkable performances and he fits in perfectly with the Bucks. Plus, he’s a true rookie.

Another fundamental issue with Embiid possibly winning the Rookie of the Year award is that he’s not actually a rookie. Embiid did play his first NBA season, however, he’s in his third year with the Philadelphia 76ers since being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. He missed both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons with injuries and much of this season with injuries, but he’s had the ability to recover a train with NBA staffs for three years. He’s been able to learn the playbook and system the 76ers want to run the entire time, and he’s been a pro player for a few years while the other true rookies are making that adjustment to being a pro basketball player and implemented into their team’s system.

Embiid is a tremendous talent, but just not who should be winning the Rookie of the Year award.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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