Joel Embiid Wouldn't Pick Michael Jordan As His GOAT

Here's who he said instead.

Joel Embiid invites the crowd to make some noise.

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Joel Embiid invites the crowd to make some noise.

When it comes to combining the acronyms NBA and GOAT, the list is usually very short. A lot of people say Michael Jordan. Less (but still a lot) say LeBron James. A few West Coasters say Mike BibbyKobe. And old-timers with perspective (or rose-tinted goggles, your choice) may throw in a claim for someone like Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain.

While Joel Embiid may only be 24-years-old, you can throw him in that same group of elderly diehards that maybe your dad or grandpa's a member of. We say that because on Tuesday, Embiid declared that the best who ever did it was not Jordan, but instead Wilt the Stilt. (Though I guess, when you think about it, it's not that shocking that a seven-foot tall center chose a big man for the honor.)

Embiid made it clear who his choice was when he spoke to The Ringer's Jason Concepcion about who was the best to ever lace them up:

“[Jordan is] not the GOAT. To me, you got Wilt Chamberlain," Embiid argued. "I mean he has all the records. They’re never gonna be beaten. I don’t see anybody getting 100 points in a game. That’s it, he’s the GOAT.”

Of course he's trolling so much that sometimes it's hard to know when he's for real or not. But it's not like he picked a gag center to make it obvious, so we'd say kudos for paying tribute to his elders is in order.

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