In a decision that shocked absolutely no one. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was named as a starter in the NBA All Star Game. The selection makes Embiid’s fourth in a row, cementing the MVP candidate as the eastern confernece’s premiere big man.
A Selection Completely Justified
As mentioned before Embiid is on a MVP like tear coming into the midway point of the season. He’s averaging 29.7 points per game on 54% shooting and is also hauling in over 10 boards a game. It’s no wonder the 5th year pro was a shoe in to represent the East once again.
Embiid’s selection in the 2021 All Star game also puts him in the history books. He’s the first 76ers player to be named a starter in four straight All-Star Games since Hall of Famer Allen Iverson started seven straight from 2000-06. Embiid is also only the seventh player in franchise history to be named an All-Star starter at least four times. The only 76ers with more starting selections are Hall of Famers Julius Erving (11), Dolph Schayes (11) and of course Iverson (eight). He is quickly becoming one of the most decorated Sixers ever.