Pair of Sixers’ Named Finalist for Top League Awards
A pair of Sixers are finalist for prominent league awards.
Sixers center Joel Embiid and guard Ben Simmons could be adding big individual accomplishments to their resume after helping their team earn the No. 1 seed.
Embiid is a one of three finalists for NBA MVP after helping the Sixers to a 49-23 record and their first No. 1 seed in 20 years. The Sixers center was selected alongside the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and Golden State's Stephen Curry, the NBA announced Thursday.
Simmons is a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award with Utah's Rudy Gobert and Golden State's Draymond Green.
Finalists are determined through voting by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters from around the globe.
Before his arrival, the franchise went through a complete overhaul of the roster, which was called "The Process" winning 19,18 and 10 games before Embiid and Simmons played their first NBA season.
During Embiid's first year on the court, the Sixers won 28 games, with Embiid appearing in 31 games scoring 20.2 points per game his rookie season. The duo help led the Sixers to 52 wins during Embiid and Simmons first season together in 2017-18, helping the Sixers to the second-round of the playoffs.
Since the duos arrival the Sixers have been the in the playoffs four straight seasons.
Philadelphia won its first Eastern Conference title since 2001 this year, when Allen Iverson led the Sixers to the NBA Finals and won the league MVP award. .
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