Joel Embiid Named Eastern Conference Rookie of The Month
PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 1, 2016 – Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, for games played in October and November, the NBA announced today.
Embiid leads all rookies in scoring, rebounding, blocks per game and three-point percentage. He ranks third in field-goal percentage and sixth in free-throw percentage. His 22.8 minutes played per game place him fourth among NBA rookies.
He holds averages of 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game and is the fifth player since at least 1983-84 to hold such averages through 12 career games, and the first since Shaquille O’Neal did so in 1992-93 with Orlando. The remaining three players on the list are former Sixer Dikembe Mutombo (1991-92), David Robinson (1989-90) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1984-85), per Basketball-Reference.com.
Embiid has amassed these averages by posting 218 total points, 93 rebounds and 29 blocks in 274 minutes. Of the five players with such totals through their first 12 career games, the player with the next-fewest minutes played is Olajuwon, who played a total of 384 minutes over the course of his first 12 career games with the Houston Rockets in 1984-85 (per Basketball-Reference.com).
The last NBA rookie to average 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for a full season was the Spurs’ Tim Duncan in 1997-98 (per Basketball-Reference.com).
Embiid has totaled 29 blocks this season, which ranks tied for 12th in the NBA. He has blocked his 29 shots in 274 minutes, which is 179 minutes fewer than any of the other 12 players with at least 29 blocks this season.
In 12 games in October/November, Embiid scored 20 or more points six times, including a career-high 26 points in a 120-105 home win against Phoenix on November 19. His 18-point, 10-rebound performance on November 1 against Orlando marked one of his rookie-best four double-doubles. No other rookie has more than two double-doubles.
His six 20-point games lead all Philadelphia players and are double that of the next-closest rookie – Denver’s Jamal Murray has three 20-point games (per Basketball-Reference.com). He’s scored in double-figures in each of his 12 games this season, the most such games among NBA rookies.
Embiid is the fourth Sixers player to be named Rookie of the Month since the award’s inception in 1981-82. He joins Michael Carter-Williams (four times in 2013-14), Allen Iverson (twice in 1996-97) and Jerry Stackhouse (once in 1995-96).