Joel Embiidof the Philadelphia 76ers, officially became the top scorer of the 2021-2022 season of the NBA and in the first pvot that achieves it since the 1999-2000 academic year.
Before starting the day on Sunday, the Cameroon pvot had 30.6 points per game with Giannis Antetokounmpo in second place with 29.9 points per game.
However, the Milwaukee Bucks they announced that Antetokounmpo will not play the match against Cleveland Cavaliers this Sunday, which by rebound officially gave him the title of top scorer to Embolite.
LeBron James was also on the lookout, but the figure of the Los Angeles Lakers, who at 37 years old has achieved 30.3 points per game, did not reach the minimum number of games required to be considered due to injuries (58 of the 82 games of the season). regular).
The same thing happened to Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets (30.1 points per game without reaching the minimum number of games required).
With all that, Embolitewho has had a sensational regular season as leader of the Sixers, succeeded as the NBA’s top scorer after Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and became the first center to do so since Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) in the 1999-2000 season.
In addition to the 30.6 points per game with a 49.9% success rate in field goals, Embolite He also has 11.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocks on average per game.
Without going any further, the pvot fitm this Saturday a great game against the Indiana Pacers in which he added 41 points and 20 rebounds.
After a big scandal with his partner Ben Simmonswho did not play a minute this season with the Sixers, Embiid took a huge step forward this season and has been the absolute leader of these Sixers who are one of the main contenders in the East.
Before Sunday’s games were played, the Sixers they were fourth in the East (50-31) with the same balance as the Celtics (third by the tiebreaker) and behind the Milwaukee Bucks (51-30, seconds) and the Miami Heat (53-28, first).
To capitalize on Embiid’s big moment, the Sixers moved boldly on the final trading day and brought in James Harden from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry y Andre Drummond.