Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid named Kia NBA Players of the Month
The two centers played at an All-Star level during the first six-plus weeks of the season.
From NBA.com Staff
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid have been named the Kia NBA Players of the Month for games played in December and January.
Jokic averaged 26.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.6 assists through 20 games, serving as the catalyst to Denver’s No. 4 ranked offense.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) February 2, 2021
Embiid, meanwhile, registered 28.3 points and 11.1 rebounds in 16 games played, guiding the 76ers to a 14-2 record in those contests.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) February 2, 2021
The last time two centers won NBA Players of the Month was in November of 2006, when Dwight Howard and Yao Ming earned the honors, per StatMuse.
West: DeMar DeRozan (SAS), Luka Dončić (DAL), Paul George and Kawhi Leonard (LAC), LeBron James (LAL), Damian Lillard (POR) and Christian Wood (HOU)
East: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis (IND), Jaylen Brown (BOS), Andre Drummond and guard Collin Sexton (CLE), Kevin Durant (BKN) and Julius Randle (NYK)Kia Player of the Month Highlights: Nikola Jokic Kia Player of the Month Highlights: Joel Embiid