NBA – Top scorer of the season in the NBA, Joël Embiid (Sixers) goes back in time

A first trophy while waiting for others? This is the hope of Joël Embiid. But the Sixers pivot has competition to satisfy his other dreams. In the meantime, he is guaranteed to finish as the NBA’s top scorer for the season as Giannis Antetokounmpo was rested for the Milwaukee Bucks’ final game, according to ESPN. A first for the Cameroonian, who becomes the first pivot to finish a season in this costume since a certain Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-2000! And the first non-American in history.

Impressive consistency during this exercise, Joël Embiid has averaged 30.6 points this season. Over the matches, he imposed his power to martyrize the opposing defenses with his offensive panoply as rich as it is effective. For once, his body also left him a little quiet so that he could impose his talent (68 games) and dominate in a season marked in Philadelphia by the psychodrama Ben Simmons before the arrival of James Harden.


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And now ?

But if the “Bearded” has landed, it is Embiid who remains the boss. And who continues to panic the counters despite his playing time (33.8 minutes per game) – the lowest for a player who offers himself the title of top scorer of the season. If LeBron James showed that age had no hold on him (30.3 pts) but did not play enough games to apply for this trophy, Joël Embiid finished ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.9 pts) and Luka Doncic (28.5 pts), as a symbol once again of the rise of non-American players in the NBA.

Already rewarded with this title for his monster season, Joël Embiid does not intend to stop there. First pivot to finish a regular season with more than 30 points on average since Moses Malone in 1982, he is in discussions for the title of MVP of the season with Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo or even Luka Doncic. And of course he dreams of going all the way in the playoffs to win the Larry O’Brien trophy. But that’s another story.


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