Before facing each other in a week for the first time this season and then (most likely) meeting at the next All-Star Game, Joel Embiid and Chris Paul were first decorated together by the NBA, which named “Players of The Week” of their respective conferences.
In the East, Joel Embiid was thus preferred to Jimmy Butler, Darius Garland, Jayson Tatum, Trae Young or even Franz Wagner. And it’s not really a surprise, since the Sixers pivot, undefeated in three games with his training, once again posted insane individual statistics last week: 34.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.3 blocks. average, 50% on shots and 78% on free throws!
This is the 6th time that the Cameroonian has won this distinction during his career and it is surprisingly a first for him this season, when he has been a hit for several weeks.
In the West, Chris Paul was preferred over Ja Morant, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jaren Jackson Jr. and teammate Devin Booker. Enough to reward the 22.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and especially 12.8 average assists in four games (all victorious) of the leader, last week. All at 54% on shots and 59% at 3-pts.
It should be noted that this is the 14th time that “CP3” has won a “Player of The Week” trophy and that he had not been honored in this way since… December 2017. At a time when he was playing his first season at the Rockets.