Joel Embiid joins 76ers’ greats Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson as the only players to win Eastern Conference player of the week at least 5 times since the award started in 1979-1980. Embiid won for a fifth time for the week of January 18th till January 24th. Barkley won the award six times and Iverson won twenty times.
Embiid led the 76ers to a 3-0 week, with two wins over Boston and one over Detroit, producing at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in each contest. He posted no fewer than 33 points and 10 rebounds in any game. The last Philadelphia player to tally 33-10 in three straight games was Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain from Dec. 16-20, 1967.Per 76ers Press Release
During the week Embiid posted 30 points and 10 times in three straight games for the fourth time in his career. His 33 and 14 game versus the Pistons was the 50th time in his career he has done so. He did it in 223 games, the second quickest player to reach that mark behind Shaquille O’Neal who accomplished the feat in 190 games.
Joel continues to make his case for MVP this season, averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds a game. He has helped lead the 76ers to a 12-5 record and they are currently first place in the Eastern Conference.