When James Harden was traded to Philadelphia last season, the duo of Harden and Joel Embiid was incredibly hyped up. While they didn’t get the job done in the playoffs last season for various reasons, the new and improved Sixers roster entered the season hungry for success. After an injury-plagued first quarter of the season, Embiid and Harden have taken over the league.

Recent Success has strengthened their case

The Sixers are 11-4 over their last 15 games and sit at the No. 4 seed, with an opportunity to move up to the No. 2 seed tonight. This is primarily due to the contributions of the Sixers duo, who have gotten into a rhythm over the last month. Even in their previous few games, both Harden and Embiid have come up big late in the fourth quarter. This recent success has sparked the question of whether or not they’re the best duo in the NBA.

Other top duos in the league include the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Nets’ Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and the Lakers’ LeBron James and Anthony Davis. While you could make arguments for any of these duos, Harden and Embiid have begun solidifying their case for being the best duo.

They’re averaging 55.7 PPG, 16.3 RPG, and 15.5 APG on the season, among the best in the league in each category. Over their last three games, they’re averaging 58 PPG, 15.6 RPG, and 15.7 APG. They are 2-1 in this stretch, winning two straight in their west coast trip. Their “pick-n-roll” has always been a strong suit of theirs, but they have been utilizing it to win games as of late. Their PnR is virtually unstoppable, as Embiid rarely misses from the elbow, and the pass will almost always get to him. Even when the play doesn’t work out in that manner, Harden can easily score it himself, or Embiid can go to work in the paint.

Having two “X-factors” on a team that mesh well together instills confidence that they can pull through in must-win situations. A whole year of playing together has built up the chemistry between the two, and they are looking like they could make a strong playoff push. The sky’s the limit for Harden and Embiid.

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