Donovan Mitchell and Joel Embiid are on track to set a record of sorts, breaking a record held by Michael Jordan for 35 years now.
The Jazz and the Sixers are the top seeds in their respective conferences. Both of these teams can be considered as joint favorites to emerge from their Conferences at the moment. The Jazz are certainly in position to make a run to the NBA Finals.
Both teams are elite two-way teams, but what differentiates them from the field is the presence of transcendental offensive players. In Donovan Mitchell and Joel Embiid, we’re seeing two of the most well-rounded scorers in the NBA today.
While the Spida rained hellfire on the Grizzlies first and now on the Clippers, Joel Embiid is shaping up as arguably the NBA’s most dominant player. Jojo is bullying practically every big man he’s faced this year, and emphatically so.
Donovan Mitchell and Joel Embiid could both break a Michael Jordan record
According to Stat Muse, the two young stars are on track to overcome Michael Jordan for an age-old record. Both players are currently scoring at a rate of 1 point/minute – the highest mark for a single playoff run ever.
Michael Jordan holds the previous record at 0.97 points per minute of playoff action. He set this mark in the 1986 playoffs, when the eventual champion Boston Celtics eliminated them in a first-round sweep.
Larry Bird and his Celtics were definitely able to stop the Bulls taking the W on some fateful nights. But they had no answer for Michael Jordan as the GOAT set a playoff-record tally of 63 points against arguably the greatest team of all time. The 85-86 Celtics are definitely a top-5, if not top-3 team of all time.
Free throw attempts this series:
47 — Joel Embiid
45 — Hawks not named Trae combined pic.twitter.com/uNgYQqpgDq
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 12, 2021
The duo seems to be at least another series away from elimination, judging from both their teams’ current positions. It would be fascinating indeed to watch Embiid battle Donovan Mitchell in the NBA Finals, even though it looks like a pipe dream now.