The NBA All-Star game, at its core, is about assembling the greatest talent in the NBA on two competing teams for the enjoyment of the fans. To break it down further, it’s about putting on a show as much as it is rewarding players for their fantastic seasons. It should come as no surprise that for the fifth consecutive year, Sixers‘ star Joel Embiid has been named an All-Star Starter.
Embiid is in the midst of his most dominant season yet, averaging 29 points, 10.8 Rebounds, and 4.3 assists. It’s not just the initial stats that are eye-popping for Embiid but the efficiency with which he does so. Joel Embiid is shooting 49.9% from the floor, 38% from three, and 81.9% from the foul line. The volume and efficiency Embiid has been able to accomplish is simply incredible, and he is a no-brainer to not only make the All-Star Team but also to start.
After missing last year’s All-Star Game due to COVID-19 contact tracing (along with Ben Simmons), Joel Embiid is surely chomping at the bit for a little All-Star action. Never afraid of the spotlight, Joel Embiid always seems to make the most of averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, and a block in his three trips to the All-Star game.
This season, Joel Embiid is an MVP candidate, so he was an obvious choice to earn the honor of All-Star starter, especially over his most recent streak. He has scored 40 points or more in three of his last four games, which only scratches the ceiling of how impressive he’s been and how important Embiid has been as well.
Philadelphia, get excited as Joel Embiid represents this city in a way only he can. The Sixers’ true superstar will no doubt be impressive, and who knows, maybe Joel Embiid and James Harden have a discussion in the hallway much like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant just a few years ago.