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
The two guards have been impressive over their first six-plus weeks in the NBA.
The two coaches have guided their teams to the top of the standings.
Check out the highlights and stats from both players last week.
Breaking down the remaining games for each team before the first-half schedule wraps up in early March.