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Has Joel Embiid been the best two-way player this season?

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

We tend to think of the best two-way players as versatile wings who can get buckets as No. 1 options while also locking down the opposing team's best scoring threats across multiple positions. LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Paul George -- those kinds of superstars.

Although Joel Embiid can do a little bit of everything, he affects the game in different ways than those aforementioned kings of versatility. He might not fit the mold of your typical "best two-way player," but his impact on both ends through eight games is outstanding.

Embiid's two-way dominance begs the question: Has he actually been the best two-way player in the game this season?