The NBA announced on Tuesday that Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic were named Players of the Month for their respective conferences.
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid have been named the Kia NBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. pic.twitter.com/vky8RUs5GN— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 3, 2023
The other ther Eastern Conference nominees were as follows: Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield, Donovan Mitchell, Pascal Siakam and Franz Wagner.
Embiid averaged 35.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.8 blocks throughout December’s 13 games. Most notably, his efficiency from the field was tremendous, especially given the volume of shot attempts. He nearly had a 50/40/90 spilt, shooting 54.4 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from three and 85.8 percent at the free-throw line.
December featured many notable games, including an eight-game home winning streak against the Lakers, Hornets, Kings, Warriors, Raptors, Pistons and Clippers.
During the 13-game stretch, Embiid had one 53-point performance, two games featuring more than 40 points, and 10 games where he logged at least thirty points. He only scored fewer than 20 points one time — on Saturday against the Thunder, when he posted a triple-double. Embiid had eight double-doubles and one triple-double during this stretch.
Outside of scoring, Embiid anchored the third-best defense in the NBA, trailing only to Memphis and Cleveland in defensive rating during that span.
The Sixers rank:— Sean Barnard (@Sean_Barnard1) January 3, 2023
-3rd in the NBA in defensive rating (109.2)
-2nd in points allowed (108.2 pts)
-opponents shooting 46.2% from the field (8th)
-27th in fastbreak points allowed (15.9)
-30th in total rebounding % (47.8%)
-28th in offensive rebounding (8.1)
Embiid is in the midst of arguably his best career stretch of basketball. He’ll look to continue his two-way dominance against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST.