How is Joel Embiid behind KD on ESPN’s Top 15 NBA players in playoffs?

The man known as the ‘Greek Freak’ is named the best in the playoffs so far; check out the top 15
Joel Embiid at a post game press conference
Joel Embiid speaking at a press conference after a Philadelphia 76ers game (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson for rolling out)

Is Giannis Antetokounmpo really the best player in the NBA playoffs so far? Does Domantas Sabonis deserve a spot at No. 15? And is Steph Curry performing significantly better than LeBron James after two games?

And how is D’Aaron Fox, who won the NBA’s inaugural “Clutch Player of the Year,” not even listed at all — even though his performance has the Sacramento Kings on the precipice of eliminating the defending champion Golden State Warriors?

The fireworks began on Twitter as ESPN released its top 15 players in the 2023 NBA playoffs thus far. 

Antetokounmpo, aka “The Greek Freak,” is considered the preeminent performer since the postseason began in early April, according to the sports leader.

Some bemoan the fact that Embiid, who has looked like the No. 1 guy on the hardwood, and who has been the guy who is most responsible for the Philadelphia 76ers’ 2-0 lead over the Brooklyn Nets, is listed behind The Greek Freak and the Phoenix Suns’ Kevin Durant. Durant was thoroughly outplayed by archnemesis Russell Westbrook in the first game, which was a loss to the L.A. Clippers. He vindicated himself with 25 points in the Game 2 victory, but that has more to do with Devin Booker’s 38 points.

Moreover, Jason Tatum and the Celtics are bulldozing the Atlanta Hawks, yet he is listed at No. 6. Meanwhile Curry has the 4th spot despite the fact squad is staring down the barrel of an 0-2 deficit to the upstart Kings.

Twitter had plenty to say about ESPN’s list of the Top 15 Players in the Playoffs:

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