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NBA fans weren't happy with Joel Embiid's snub on the All-NBA First Team

Joshua Rogers May 25, 2022
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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid missed out on a place on the All-NBA First Team and fans weren’t happy with the snub.

The 2021-22 All-NBA teams were revealed on Tuesday night, with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum all making the First Team.

However, one of the notable omissions from the team was Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. NBA fans took to social media to express their annoyance that the big man had been left off the squad.

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76ers center makes All-NBA Second Team

Joel Embiid made the All-NBA Second Team alongside Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant, Nets forward Kevin Durant, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, and Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan.

Fans were not happy about Joel Embiid missing out on the All-NBA First Team

Embiid had an outstanding season for the 76ers this year, averaging a career-high 30.6 points, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He also had 11.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 49.9% from the floor and 37.1% from three.

Embiid finished second in MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic, and earned more All-NBA First Team votes than Jayson Tatum. However, because Tatum is listed as a forward, and Jokic took up the one available center spot, Embiid failed to make the team.

NBA fans were incensed that Embiid missed out:

The latest snub once again prompts calls to make the All-NBA teams positionless. Embiid was one of the top-two players in the league last season, but because the other best player also plays in his position, and only one center can make the All-NBA team, he missed out on the team.

This also comes with financial repercussions as making the All-NBA First Team can be hugely lucrative on players’ contract.

28-year-old Embiid now has four All-NBA Second Team selections to his name, and is also a five-time All-Star, three-time All-Defensive Team honoree and two-time MVP finalist. If he carries on the way he’s playing an All-NBA First Team spot is inevitable.

Should they make the All-NBA teams positionless? Should Embiid have made it over Jokic? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.