Back-to-Back: Joel Embiid wins second-straight Eastern Conference Player of the Month Award
After another dominant month, Joel Embiid has won his second straight Eastern Conference Player of the Month. Embiid averaged 34 points and 11 rebounds in January, helping to put the 76ers just half a game out of first place in the Eastern Conference.
This is Embiid’s fourth Player of the Month award, which is tied for the most in franchise history with Allen Iverson.
Some dude on the Denver Nuggets named Nikola Jokic won the award for the Western Conference.
The MVP favorite led Philadelphia to a 12-3 record this past month in incredible fashion. Over those 15 games, he had 3+ 40-point performances and averaged 54% from the field.
Earlier this month, Joel was named to his 5th straight All-Star appearance, having been selected as a starter alongside Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Demar DeRozan, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
If he had played in their January 31st matchup against the Grizzlies, Embiid would have likely become the fourth 76er to score 500 points in a season but fell just 24 points shy.
The highlight of Embiid’s month is undoubtedly his 50 point performance in just 27 minutes against the Orlando Magic. Only Wilt Chamberlain during his 100 point game had a higher points-per-minute by a center in NBA history than Embiid.
Philadelphia faces a brutal stretch ahead, and if Joel can continue to play at this pace through February, he will be the clear favorite to land his first-ever MVP award.
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