All-NBA Voters Fall Back on Traditionalist Ways, Snub Joel Embiid of First Team Spot
Leading up to the All-NBA team selections many Sixers fans, including myself, feared that the voters wouldn’t understand the modern NBA’s position-less style with selecting players to each of the three teams. The fears that the league’s MVP runner-up, Joel Embiid, would be pushed down to the All-NBA second team were confirmed today as the official teams were announced.
What is most shocking about the teams to me is the fact that the voters couldn’t possibly put the MVP and runner-up to MVP on the same team, but Joel Embiid and Julius Randle could be. I understand that Julius Randle did see a majority of minutes at the power-forward spot, but there is no denying the skill-set is similar between Randle, Embiid, and Jokic. I can only assume that the snub also comes down to Embiid missing 21 games of the season, even if he was by far the most dominant player in the games he didn’t miss.
Joel Embiid is the only Sixer to make an All-NBA team this season. Embiid makes his first All-NBA team after what has been his best season of his career. Embiid finished the regular season averaging nearly 29 points and 10 rebounds a game, while shooting a league-high 10 free throws a game.
With the All-NBA second team selection, Joel is now eligible for a super-max from the Sixers. Philly and Joel Embiid may now discuss an agreement on a four-year, 191 million dollar extension.
Sixers are back in action tomorrow night for Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks.