Cameroonian Joel Embiid named in NBA All Star team for fifth straight season

Joel Em,biid has become the first 76ers player to be named a starter in at least five straight All-Star Games since Hall of Famer Allen Iverson started seven straight from 2000-06. Embiid is also the fourth player in franchise history to be named an All-Star starter at least five times. The only 76ers with more starting selections are Hall of Famers Julius Erving (11), Dolph Schayes (11) and Iverson (eight).

Embiid, and fellow All-Star starters Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James are the only players to be named starters in each of the last five All-Star Games. In his sixth NBA season, Embiid is the league’s third-leading scorer with a career-best 29.0 points per game along with 10.8 rebounds (10th in the NBA, sixth in the East), a career-high 4.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game. He’s the only NBA player with such averages in 2021-22.

He’s on pace for his fourth career season averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds per game, set to join Hall of Famer Charles Barkley as the only two 76ers ever with at least four such campaigns. As it stands, Embiid is one of five players in NBA history with career averages of at least 25 points and 10 rebounds, alongside Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone and Bob Pettit.

After earning the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award for December, marking the third such honor of his career, Embiid has continued his strong performances. Since Christmas Day, Embiid leads the NBA in scoring at 34.7 points per contest and is the only player averaging at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting at least 55-percent from the floor.

Embiid recently tied Hall of Famer Allen Iverson for the second-longest streak of 25-point games in franchise history with his 15th in a row. In that contest against New Orleans, he tallied a 42-point, 14-rebound double-double. It was his league-best sixth game of the year with at least 40 and 10. Among these outings was a career-high-tying 50-point game against

Meanwhile, Lebron James and Kevin Durant will again be the captains of the two teams in this year’s All-Star Game, as the NBA announced the starters for its annual midseason showcase to be held Feb. 20 in Cleveland.

Lebron James(left) and Kevin Durant(right) are set to captain the two NBA All Star teams

James, who now has been a captain in each of the five years the NBA has used the current system to pick its teams, and Durant, who is one for a second straight year, earned the honor by finishing with more fan votes than anyone in their respective conferences.

James has now made 18 All-Star teams, tying Kobe Bryant for second place all time behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar (19).

Joining James as starters from the Western Conference are Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant in the backcourt, along with reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and forward Andrew Wiggins of the Warriors in the frontcourt.

From the East, Durant, a 12-time All-Star, is joined by Chicago Bulls guard DeMar DeRozan and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the backcourt, and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in the frontcourt. Durant’s availability for the game is a question mark as he continues to recover from a sprained knee ligament.

Wiggins’ selection as a starter was somewhat of a surprise, even though he’s averaging 18.1 points per game.

The selection for the starters was based on fan ballots for 50% of the vote, and a media panel and current players each made up 25%.

2022 NBA All-Star: Eastern Conference starters

Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)

Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)

DeMar DeRozan (Chicago Bulls)

2022 NBA All-Star: Western Conference starters

LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)

Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors)

Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)

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