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A number of centers have been fantastic in the clutch this season.
Rudy Gobert is shooting 82.6 percent from the field and leads all centers with 48 total rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are plus-71 in 121 minutes with Nikola Jokic on the court, and no center has scored more total points (107) or handed out a greater number of assists (19).
When combining production with efficiency and team success, however, no one tops Embiid.
He is averaging an otherworldly 45.3 points per 36 minutes in the clutch, and he’s doing so on 56.4 percent shooting from the field and 46.2 percent from three. He’s also pulling down 12.9 rebounds, handing out 2.8 assists and swatting 1.7 shots over the same average stretch.
When the game gets tight, it’s clear who the Sixers go to for big plays.
Embiid’s 39.1 percent usage rate not only leads Philly, but it’s also first among all NBA centers. Ben Simmons’ usage plummets to just 12.3 percent in the clutch, fifth on the team behind Embiid, Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson and Al Horford. While there were questions about who would get the ball at the end of games once Jimmy Butler left in free agency, Embiid has certainly ended that debate.
That kind of production will be immensely valuable in the playoffs when games slow down and every possession is taken more seriously. Embiid can dominate a contest on both ends of the floor, and he has been the league’s best center in the clutch.
All clutch stats via NBA.com.