Joel Embiid Named NBA MVP And All-NBA First Team, Focused On Winning Championship

Photo: Instagram/Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers' center Joel Embiid expressed his delight at being voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player, calling it a "validation" of all the hard work he has put in.

Despite previously claiming that he didn't care about the accolade, Embiid acknowledged that winning the award meant a lot to him.

However, his primary focus remains on winning an NBA championship, which he believes will be even more satisfying. Embiid's recent MVP win made him the first 76er to win the award since Allen Iverson in 2001.

Photo: Instagram/Joel Embiid has established himself as one of the top players in the NBA and has the potential to continue his success in the future.

Embiid, who hails from Cameroon and only started playing basketball at the age of 15, was drafted third overall by the 76ers in 2014. He missed two full seasons due to foot injuries, but has since established himself as one of the league's premier players.

This season, Embiid won his second straight scoring title, averaging 33.1 points per game, while also grabbing 10.2 rebounds and dishing out 4.2 assists per game.

In addition to his MVP win, Embiid was named to the All-NBA First Team, alongside the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic.

Embiid received 87 first-team votes, while Antetokounmpo was the only unanimous selection this season. The NBA also announced its All-NBA Second and Third Teams, with players like Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Damian Lillard among those selected.

While Embiid is pleased with his individual achievements, he knows that his team's success is the ultimate goal. The 76ers have not made it past the second round of the playoffs since 2001, and Embiid is determined to lead them to a championship.

He said, "I want to win everything that I can get my hands on. And everybody around me knows that." With Embiid playing at an MVP level, the 76ers will be a formidable opponent in this year's playoffs.

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Source: Daily Mail

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