Sixers’ Player of the Week: Joel Embiid’s MVP performances

Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

Despite what I wrote last week about trying to focus on other player’s performances, Joel Embiid still found a way to earn this player of the week award. None of the other members of the Philadelphia 76ers were even close to being consistent this past week and Embiid put up MVP level performances so the choice was easy here.

Player of the Week: Joel Embiid

In the blowout victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Embiid dominated the T-Wolves in just 27 minutes. He finished with 37 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three fouls, while converting 10-19 field goal attempts, 1-2 3-pointers, and 16-18 free throw shots. It should be noted that Minnesota was without their top two big men in Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid.

Embiid did miss the game against the Indiana Pacers, but the good news for the 76ers is that it was the first time this season the club won a game without Embiid in the lineup.

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Embiid returned in the win against the Charlotte Hornets and continued his dominance. He ended the game with 34 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, five turnovers, and three fouls. He shot 11-17 from the floor, 3-4 from downtown, and 9-10 from the foul line.

Philly was crushed by a short-handed Portland Trail Blazers squad. Embiid was the only bright spot in the defeat as he came away with 37 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, five turnovers, and one foul. He made 14-21 shots from the field and all nine of his free throws but failed to make his one 3-point attempt.

Honorable Mention

As I wrote at the beginning of this article, nobody consistently stood out this past week. However, Matisse Thybulle should get some recognition for the elite defense he was playing in the first two games. This past week, he averaged 4.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.3 blocks, 0.0 turnovers, and 1.8 fouls.

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Joel Embiid is a legit MVP candidate and he proved that this past week by his play for the Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 36.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, 3.3 turnovers, and 2.3 fouls.