Despite finishing runner-up in MVP voting for the second consecutive season, Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid was once again named to All-NBA Second Team. Joining Embiid on Second Team were Stephen Curry, Ja Morant, DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Durant.
The 2021-22 Kia All-NBA Second Team:— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 25, 2022
Stephen Curry (Golden State)
DeMar DeRozan (Chicago)
Kevin Durant (Brooklyn)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
Ja Morant (Memphis) pic.twitter.com/qHqDWB42tz
Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker and Giannis Antetokounmpo composed the First Team. Trae Young, Chris Paul, Pascal Siakam, LeBron James and Karl-Anthony Towns were Third Team members.
Here’s how the voting shook out:
The Kia All-NBA First Team is made up entirely of players age 27 or younger for the first time since the 1954-55 season.— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 25, 2022
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Voting results ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/62uiQpWv4o
Embiid earned more First Team votes than Tatum, but Tatum earned more votes at forward, so he bested the Sixers big man for that spot.
This outcome is not surprising, but nonetheless another call to completely eliminate positions from the equation on All-NBA voting. Embiid’s landed second in MVP voting the last two seasons, yet finds himself without a First Team nod simply because the winner happens to play the same position as him.
Nonetheless, Embiid enjoyed a spectacularly dominant year. At age 28, he’s now a five-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA center, three-time All-Defensive Team honoree and two-time MVP finalist. He’s compiling quite the resume through six seasons.