Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid was robbed of his first NBA MVP on Monday morning, per ESPN. 76ers fans were not thrilled with the news.
Jokic winning the award isn’t necessarily surprising, as he leads in many of the advanced statistics and is inarguably the best passing big man in the game. However, this year may have been Embiid’s best chance to take home what he hoped to be the first of many individual accolades.
Instead, Embiid is left wanting more, just as Sixers fans are wondering when their big man will take home the award, if ever.
Nikola Jokic stats
Jokic’s numbers were even better than last year, as he averaged 27.1 points and 13.8 rebounds to go along with a staggering 7.9 assists. He’s the first player in NBA history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season.
Joel Embiid stats
Embiid’s numbers are impressive as well. The Sixers big averaged over 30 points per contest, as well as 11.7 rebounds per. His 4.2 assists per game, while a solid mark for most bigs, do not compare to that of Jokic. The Nuggets star also had a higher PER.
Who votes for NBA MVP?
Since the 1980 season, the MVP award has been given out by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NBA in the United States and Canada. Previously, the winner had been selected by the players, but that changed in 1980.
Joel Embiid robbed: 76ers fans react
Embiid will surely have a reaction of his own, but as he and the 76ers fight for a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, he has bigger team goals on his mind. If anything, the 76ers star can use losing out to Jokic as motivation.
As if Philly sports fans needed something else to be upset about. It’s a constant cycle of complaining.