Joel Embiid’s Legacy Is Unfairly Being Tarnished by the Archaic All-NBA Voting System

The NBA All-Star Game MVP is an annual competition that pits the best players in basketball against each other for a single prize: bragging rights. The voting process has been criticized as it does not reflect actual performance, and there are two main issues which have led to this criticism; one being the lack of incentive for teams to go out and win games like they used to before 1984, when the award was introduced; second being how no player’s legacy can be affected by their individual stats since all players vote on who should win.

The “all nba teams” is a system that was created in the 1970s. It is not fair to compare players from different eras. The voting system has been criticized for years and it will take time for Joel Embiid’s legacy to be fully recognized.

Joel Embiid finished second in the MVP voting for the second consecutive season, but was not selected to the All-NBA First Team. The Philadelphia 76ers center has already been nominated to the All-NBA Second Team four times in the previous five years, and that trend is expected to continue as long as the voting procedure stays intact.

This was a particularly egregious omission this season, given that Embiid led the NBA in scoring and was unquestionably one of the top three players in the league. He even scored more First Team voting points than Jayson Tatum, but because to the outdated voting methods, Tatum was chosen over him.

In a day where basketball is becoming more positionless, the NBA must modify how it selects All-NBA teams before Embiid’s reputation is permanently ruined.

Despite collecting more votes than Jayson Tatum, Joel Embiid did not make the All-NBA First Team.

Joel Embiid walks off the court.

Joel Embiid walks off the court. During Game 6 against the Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid walks off the field | Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

During the 2021-22 NBA season, Embiid was perhaps the most dominating player in the league. With 30.6 points per game, he led the league in scoring, placed sixth in rebounds per game (11.7), and ended 12th in blocks per game (1.5).

After an outstanding season, Nikola Jokic was beaten out for the MVP title for the second year in a row, but there was little doubt that Embiid was one of the league’s top five players in 2021-22. Despite this, he was not named to the All-NBA First Team.

Despite getting just 390 votes compared to Embiid’s 414, Tatum won. Embiid garnered 57 First Team votes to Tatum’s 49, and he didn’t get a single Third Team vote. Tatum received four.

Despite this, Tatum made the First Team over Embiid.

So, how do you do it?

Simple. Every year, only one center may be chosen to the All-NBA First Team. In each of the previous two seasons, Jokic has been chosen over Embiid. Two guards and two forwards make up the remainder of the lineup. As a result, the All-NBA First Team often overlooks the league’s genuine five greatest players.

Unfortunately for Embiid, he’s been the main sufferer of this absurd system for the last two years. In each of the previous two seasons, NBA award voters have named him the second-best player in the league, but many of those same voters have been forced to conclude that Embiid was not a top-five player in each season.

Do you see the issue?

The NBA’s antiquated voting system is unjustly tarnishing Embiid’s reputation.

In the previous 15 seasons, only two players who were chosen top two in MVP voting did not make the All-NBA First Team:

— Joel Embiid in 2020-21 — Joel Embiid in 2021-22 pic.twitter.com/ezCvM8NKxI

— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 25, 2022

Embiid is nearly as concerned with his legacy as he is with bringing a championship to Philadelphia. He wants to be known as one of the best, if not the best, centers in basketball history.

When his career comes to a conclusion, the argument will center on his statistics and honors. We’re certain that the data will be available. Embiid’s career scoring average (26.0) is greater than Kareem Abdul-(24.6), Jabbar’s Shaquille O’Neal’s (23.7), and Hakeem Olajuwon’s (23.7). (21.8). Wilt Chamberlain (30.0) is the only center in NBA history to have scored more points in his career.

Those four legends, on the other hand, have a total of 31 All-NBA First Team choices and 12 MVP trophies between them. When it comes to legacy, those résumé bullet points count, and Embiid’s has already been tainted by two first-team omissions.

Look at the breakdown of positional votes Embiid garnered this year if you need any more proof that the voting system is faulty. As a forward, he received 45 first-team votes, but just 12 as a center. Many voters aggressively attempted to game the system in order to award Embiid what he deserved: a position on the All-NBA First Team.

Unfortunately for Embiid, those first-team nominations will never come back, but it’s not too late for the NBA to change its voting system and recognize the league’s genuine five greatest players.

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