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Sixers News: Joel Embiid is in the top 20 for 2017-18 NBA MVP odds

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Hoo boy.

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Most people in Philadelphia are simply worried about Joel Embiid making it through a season with all his limbs healthy. Don’t tell that to the people putting their money down in Las Vegas, because Embiid is surging up the MVP betting odds list.

According to Bovada, Embiid currently sits at +5000 on the betting list, tied with Damian Lillard, Demar DeRozan, and Kyrie Irving on the chart. Here’s what that full list looks like:

2017-18 NBA MVP Odds (August)

Russell Westbrook (OKC) 350
Russell Westbrook (OKC) 350
Kevin Durant (GS) 450
Kawhi Leonard (SAN) 650
LeBron James (CLE) 750
James Harden (HOU) 800
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 850
Steph Curry (GS) 1100
Anthony Davis (NOP) 1600
Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 2500
Paul George (OKC) 2500
Chris Paul (HOU) 2500
John Wall (WAS) 3300
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 3300
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 3300
Blake Griffin (LAC) 4000
Nikola Jokic (DEN) 4000
Damian Lillard (POR) 5000
Demar Derozan (TOR) 5000
Joel Embiid (PHI) 5000
Kyrie Irving (CLE) 5000
Draymond Green (GS) 6000
Ben Simmons (PHI) 6600
Gordon Hayward (BOS) 7000
Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 7500
Jimmy Butler (MIN) 7500
Andrew Wiggins (MIN) 7500
Kyle Lowry (TOR) 10000
Kevin Love (CLE) 10000
Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 10000
Kemba Walker (CHA) 15000
Marc Gasol (MEM) 15000
Paul Millsap (DEN) 15000
Mike Conley (MEM) 20000
Bradley Beal (WAS) 20000
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) 25000
Andre Drummond (DET) 25000
Dwight Howard (CHA) 25000
Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 25000
Jeff Teague (MIN) 25000
All odds are of the + variety (e.g. +350, +450, etc.) Bovada

You’ll notice another important name on that list—Sixers rookie Ben Simmons, who is currently sitting at +6600 odds, ahead of All-Star caliber players like Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, and yes, Paul “Who” Millsap. This is probably more of a reflection of how overzealous Sixers fans are right now, which you can infer by how many Timberwolves are on the list, too. Jeff freaking Teague is getting odds!

But hot damn, “The Sixers have two guys on MVP watch” is a pretty crazy sentence to type after years of being ignored by the public (unless it was to criticize the team’s plan). I wouldn’t count on either one of these guys winning the award this year, but this is the caliber of player and prospect the Process was all about, and it’s pretty damn sweet to see people taking notice.