Sixers superstar Joel Embiid creates history by becoming the scoring champion, shattering all norms.
Joel Embiid’s 40-point double-double, including a mammoth 20 rebounds against the Indiana Pacers, puts him ahead of LeBron James to clinch the 2021-22 season scoring title. The Process received a standing ovation from Allen Iverson and Sixers fans at home.
The seven-foot Embiid becomes the first center to win the scoring title since Shaquille O’Neal in the 1999-2000 season. The Sixers superstar filled the stat sheet with the following numbers this season 30.6 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 4.2 APG and 1.5 BPG.
Embiid shot nearly 50% from the field, 37.1% from the 3-point line and 81.4% from the free throw line. The Cameroonian superstar is the first international player to win the goalscoring title.
The five-time All-Star joined Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain as the only members to win the scoring title in Sixers franchise history. The former Kansas player is the first center since Moses Malone 40 years ago to finish with an average of 30 PPG.
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Amid the entire Ben Simmons fiasco, Embiid took the reins of the Philadelphia team into his own hands, leading from the front.
NBA Twitter gives its flower to Joel Embiid by winning the scoring title.
Story for Joel Embiid 👏
He is the first center to win the NBA scoring title since Shaq in 1999-2000! pic.twitter.com/iDKsjXr9WW
—ESPN (@espn) April 10, 2022
Just caught up with Allen Iverson on Joel Embiid being the first Sixer to win the NBA scoring title since AI
“We all support you. We love you” pic.twitter.com/zMnHC04oow
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 11, 2022
—Drew Hanlen (@DrewHanlen) April 10, 2022
Joel Embiid is averaging 33.8 minutes per game this season.
It will be the fewest average minutes in a season by the scoring champion in the stopwatch era.
The previous low belongs to Stephen Curry, who averaged 34.2 minutes per game in 2015-16 and 2020-21. pic.twitter.com/A3N8uNMCGy
— ESPN Stats and Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 10, 2022
After averaging 30.6 points per game, Joel Embiid becomes the first international player to win the NBA scoring title (and the first center since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-2000): https://t.co/Srs0nplBxs
—Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 10, 2022
— Overtime (@overtime) April 10, 2022
The clip above shows Embiid’s journey from hesitating to make a lay-up to now scoring the ball from all ends of the floor.
— Lauren Rosen (@LaurenMRosen) April 11, 2022
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With Embiid receiving a standing ovation at the Wells Fargo Center, one can only imagine the atmosphere if he wins MVP.