Joel Embiid: MVP Voting Update, Eastern Conference Player of the Month, and back-to-back NBA Scoring Champion
Joel Embiid is your Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March.
Joel Embiid Eastern Conference Player of the Month
Joel Embiid in March
Embiid averaged 33.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game in the month of March, leading the Sixers to a 12-6 record.
From the Sixers Official Release:
PHILADELPHIA — APRIL 11, 2023 – The NBA announced today that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in March and April. This represents the third honor in as many months for Embiid (December 2022, January 2023), who now has seven such awards throughout his career.
Embiid reached the 30-point mark in 12 of his 18 appearances and became the third player in franchise history to log three 50-point games in a single season, when he posted 52 points against the Celtics on April 4. He shot 20-of-25 from the field and added 13 rebounds, six assists, and two blocked shots in the victory, making him the second player in NBA history to log 50-plus points, 10-plus rebounds, and five-plus assists on at least 80.0% shooting.
Philadelphia won 12 of the 18 games in which Embiid appeared over the span.
He is the first NBA player since 2019-20 and the first 76er ever to capture a trio of monthly honors within a single season.
The Sixers locked up the third seed in the Eastern Conference Standings and will face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Game one is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1PM at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.
Embiid NBA Scoring Champion
Embiid was crowned the NBA’s scoring champion for the second consecutive year. Embiid’s career high 33.1 points per game led the entire NBA in scoring this season. Luka Doncic finished second, averaging 32.4 points per game.
Last year, Embiid became the first center to win the scoring title in over two decades (Shaq 1999-2000) and he was the first international player to ever take home the honors.
Embiid is now the first seven-footer to win two straight NBA scoring titles since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in 1970-72.
He is the first center to win it back-to-back since Bob McAdoo did it for three straight seasons beginning in 1974.
This season, Embiid scored 33 points per game while shooting 55 percent from the field.
Joel Embiid’s Case to Win NBA MVP
Yesterday, we stumbled across a pretty cool Google Sheet making it’s rounds on Twitter that shows MVP voters that have stated in articles, tweets, or on television appearances who they would be voting for to win the 2022-23 NBA MVP.
Embiid is currently dominating with 16 first place votes. Giannis Antetokounmpo has five first place votes, while Nikola Jokic currently is in third place with three first place votes.