Joel Embiid wins first NBA most valuable player

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid claims the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2022-23 season the league announced on Tuesday.

The center claimed the prestigious trophy after finishing second the last two seasons.

Embiid win this with a dominant season as he finished ahead of Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo for the league’s top individual honor.

Embiid has been determined to win and campaigned for  the MVP trophy for years. The third overall pick of the 2014 draft, Embiid missed his first two full seasons because of injuries before settling in as a perennial All-Star and All-NBA player.

The 29-year-old had a successful year, leading the NBA in scoring for a second straight season while improving his efficiency,  averaging career highs of 33.1 points and 54.8% shooting, to go along with 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.

The win for Embiid marks the third straight season a center has claimed the award, with Jokic winning the past two seasons. It is the fifth consecutive year for an international player dating back to Antetokounmpo’s victories in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

 

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