Julius Erving has learned from past mistakes, selects the appropriate NBA MVP winner for the 2022-23 season
Julius Erving joined NBA Today to discuss a variety of topics, most notably, who his current favorite is to win the 2022-23 NBA MVP Award.
Joel Embiid has Julius Erving’s MVP Vote
“I’m from New York but Philly is my 2nd home so I got to go with Joel [Embiid]… He’s constantly challenging himself—now he’s led the league in scoring. “
Well, it’s certainly nice to see that Erving has finally come to his senses. Last year, Erving went the wrong route, saying that Nikola Jokic deserved to win the NBA MVP for the second straight year over Embiid.
Of course, the majority of Philadelphia is completely over award season because Joel Embiid literally never gets the respect he deserves, but it’s always nice when someone outside of The Liberty Line actually acknowledges what Embiid is doing this season.
Embiid can’t even crack the Top 5 of the NBA MVP Ladder. Why? How is that possible? Your guess is as good as mine.
Embiid is averaging a career-high 33.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 28 games.
Oh and in case you missed it, he was crowned the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December.
Embiid earned the honor after leading all NBA players in scoring at 35.4 points per contest on .545 shooting from the floor and .417 from three-point range. As he led the league in scoring last season, this is far from surprising for us Sixers fans.
Embiid led the 76ers to a 9-4 record (.692) in December. This included a season-long win streak of eight gamesfrom Dec. 9-25. Philadelphia’s .692 winning percentage ranked third in the NBA throughout the month.
According to NBA.com, his totals in points (460), rebounds (129) and blocks (23) make him one of four players in league history with such numbers over 13 outings, joining himself (earlier this season), and Hall of Famers Moses Malone, Bob McAdoo and Shaquille O’Neal.