As expected, Joel Embiat’s injuries prevented him from becoming the first six-time NBA MVP winner after Alan Iverson in the 2000-01 season.
Embide finished one second ahead of Nuggets star Nicola Joachim in the MVP poll. In third place came Stephen Curry. Full results below:
Embide averaged 28.5 points on 63.6 actual shooting percentages, 10.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. For Classing the Class he turned the ball over a career-low 12.5 percent.
Emboide’s 37.7 three-point percentage and 85.9 free throw percentage are industry-best. With a few exceptions, he was a reliable skill center for the Sixers offense when he was healthy and a top margin defender who could go around the perimeter on occasion.
“There are a lot of great candidates,” Sixers head coach Doug Rivers said Tuesday night ahead of his team’s second-round series against Game 2 against the Hawks. “Between the Jockey and Joel, I think it’s a race of two men. I think you can say that Steff was thrown out there the way he made an accusation. There are so many great players in our league. I think the deciding factor is probably the games he played. I hope so, but you (Joachim) can not take anything away.
The No. 1 seed sixes were 10-11 in the 21 regular season games that Embed missed. According to Clean the glass, The team’s net rating was 10.5 points better when he was on the ground.
The 33-year-old Curry won the NBA’s scoring title, recording 32.0 points per game in the 48.2 / 42.1 / 91.6 shooting categories.
The jockey played in every nugget game, 26.4 points per game, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists. Despite losing Jamal Murray this season with ACL tears in April, he finished 3rd at the Denver Western Conference.
If voters like Emboide more than Jogik, they should consider his 51 games more valuable than Jogik’s 72 games. Although Embide did not finish above, he still had a special season.