Joel Embiid barely cracks Top 10 in the first NBA MVP Straw Poll of the season
Well folks, this should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers over the last three seasons. Upon release of the first NBA Straw Poll of the season, Embiid barely cracked the Top 10 in MVP voting.
First NBA Straw Poll – Joel Embiid 10th in MVP Voting
To gauge where the race stands roughly a third of the way through the regular season, ESPN asked 100 media members to participate in an informal poll that mimics the NBA’s postseason award voting process. To make the balloting as realistic as possible, there were at least two voters from each of the league’s 28 markets, along with a cross section of national and international reporters.
The NBA MVP Straw Poll History
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps has made a name for himself by tracking MVP voting closely throughout the season and annually posts a final poll towards the end of March to highlight where the race is likely to finish. The Straw Poll correctly picked last year’s winner, known fraud Nikola Jokic, over Joel Embiid at the end of March.
The straw poll of media members from 28 different markets is designed to mirror the voting process of the real ballots perfectly. This final “NBA MVP Straw Poll” has been going since 2017 and has correctly predicted the MVP winner every season outside of its first year.
As usual, if you check out the statistics of the players ranked above Embiid, things begin to make little-to-no sense as to why The Process is listed at No. 10 in the poll. Embiid is averaging a career-high 33.3 points per game with the 76ers this season. He’ll almost certainly be an All-Star for the sixth time and will find himself in the mix yet again to take home the NBA MVP Award.
In the month of December alone, Embiid has averaged 39.2 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game, all while shooting 60.5% from the floor and 53.8% from three-point range.
To be abundantly clear, Embiid is leading the ENTIRE NBA in scoring this year. As we all know, he won his first scoring title last year, averaging 30.6 points per game to go along with 11.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers made. Of course, that didn’t matter. Embiid finished in second place for the NBA MVP race (again) behind Nikola Jokic.
Joel Embiid in December 2022
- 39.2 PPG
- 9.8 RPG
- 60.5 FG%
- 53.8 3P%
The sheep on social media will try to convince you that the NBA Deep State does not exist. Here in Philadelphia, we know that is a complete lie and insulting to our basketball intelligence.
They Hate The Process. The NBA Deep State is Real.