2. Joel Embiid
Last week's rank: 3
Joel Embiid has continued to dazzle all season long, and it's been no different after this past week, which is why he jumped up one spot.
Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have continued their streak of dominance going 11-5 to begin the season. After a small two-game hiccup, the team has since bounced back with Embiid in the lineup. Fans got a look at what the Sixers would look like without Embiid earlier this week as they would fall 112-99 in what could be a future finals matchup.
When available, Embiid hasn't missed a beat from last year's MVP season. He has averaged 32 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks per contest. With numbers like this, he could become one of the rare back-to-back MVP winners in recent memory.
Additionally, Embiid has looked to be the most consistent 30 points per game on this list. In almost every Sixers win, Embiid has had a huge effect down low, dominating the low blocks against every matchup.
Embiid hasn't been alone in the process though. Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey has looked to be an MVP candidate in his own right, posting just over 25 points per contest. Without Maxey's emergence, it could be argued that Embiid may not even be on this list. A lot of what Embiid relies on is for a guard to create the open space that Embiid will get when in the paint.
Embiid and the 76ers will take on the Mavericks for the first time on February 5.