The past seven games for Joel Embiid have been simply dominant. All of the games were wins for the Sixers, and Embiid has at least 30 points in every game. He joins Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain as the only 76ers to have 7+ games of at least 30 points.
He can tie Iverson and Chamberlain for the franchise record of eight straight games with 30 points.
Last season Joel Embiid finished 2nd in MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic. One of the main knocks on Embiid’s MVP resume was the number of games he missed, playing in 51 of 72 games. If Embiid had played every game, it is not a guarantee he would have won the award, but there is no doubt the voting would have been much closer and possibly favoring Embiid. After the disappointing end to Philadelphia’s season, many people said that the best year of Embiid’s career had been wasted.
Perhaps the best is still yet to come, however. Because this season, Embiid is doing something he has never done before. The past seven games of 30+ points put him with just Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain as the only 76ers to ever accomplish this feat. He has a very real chance of tying and potentially passing them for the franchise record. Eight games would tie all three for the most, and if Embiid can get to nine straight, he will have the record all to himself.
Joel has not just been scoring during this stretch. He has averaged over the past seven games: 32.9 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.4 BPG, 1.1 SPG, on 56.2% FG, 42.1% 3PT, 82.9% FT, in just 31.2 mpg. Embiid is averaging more points per game than minutes! Scoring is the main focus, and for good reason, but Embiid is dominating every facet of the game. Getting double-digit rebounds, assists coming at a career-high rate and also playing great defense, and shooting the ball super efficiently. Most importantly, Philadelphia is winning.
Embiid was awarded the December Player of the Month in the Eastern Conference. His third career player of the month, tying Iverson and Julius “Dr. J” Erving for most player of the months, won by a sixer. Now, Embiid finds himself back in the MVP race like he was last season. According to the MVP Ladder, Jo Jo is at his highest ranking this season, at fourth in the MVP race. He trails just Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, and the Jokic, as mentioned earlier in that order.
Embiid is proving once again that he is one of the best players in the NBA.
It makes it so much more impressive when you factor in Ben Simmons not even playing for the team as Embiid and the Sixers stay on this hot streak.
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