Joel Embiid Named Eastern Conference Player of The Week
Joel Embiid continues to rack up the personal awards. After a great week where the Sixers went unbeaten, again, and Embiid scored 36.3 points per game, he has been named the Eastern Conference Player of The Week.
Even without James Harden, Embiid and Maxey have the Sixers off to a very fast start with new head coach Nick Nurse. They are 8-1, with their only loss coming in the first game of the season to the Bucks. Since then all they have done is win. And that continued into this past week. They went 4-0, with wins over the Wizards, Celtics, Pistons, and Pacers.
Embiid’s week opened up with a bang in a 48-point game against the Wizards where he only played 3 quarters. He scored 29 in the 3rd quarter alone along with 11 rebounds and 6 assists. The next game he put up 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a key win over the Boston Celtics, before wrapping up the weekend with 33 points against the Pistons, and 37 against the Pacers. Between the 4 games, he averaged 36.3 pts, 12.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, in just 34 minutes per game. He shot 51% from the field and led all players in scoring during the week.
This is Embiid’s 12th time winning the award, and the first time this season. Tyrese Maxey had already won the award in the first week of the season, meaning the Sixers have now won 2 of 3 awards this season, with Jayson Tatum winning it between Maxey and Embiid.
Next up for the Sixers is an In-Season Tournament Game vs the Pacers on Tuesday Night. The next night they have a rematch with the Celtics. On Friday there is another In-Season Game vs the Hakws in Atlanta, before closing out the week in Brooklyn vs the Nets on Sunday. The Sixers have won 66% of these awards so far, so let’s see if either Maxey, Embiid, or even Harris can keep that trend going.
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