Joel Embiid Makes 2nd Team All-NBA With More 1st Team Voting Points Than Jayson Tatum

Erin WalshMay 25, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA - MAY 12: Joel Embiid of Philadelphia 76ers in action during NBA semifinals between Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on May 12, 2022. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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The 2021-22 All-NBA teams were revealed Tuesday night, and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was once again on the second team. 

The MVP finalist was left off the first team while Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum made the cut.

Embiid had more first-team votes than Tatum, having earned 12 first-team votes at center and 45 at forward. However, Tatum made the first team over Embiid because he had more votes than the big man as a forward.

There was a general consensus that Jokic was going to make the first team as a center, so a collection of voters attempted to get Embiid on the first team as a forward. 

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck

So based on the math here, it appears Embiid got 12 first-team votes at center, plus an additional 45 as a forward, unless I'm missing something. So there was definitely an attempt to get him on First Team. So, he got more points than Tatum (last forward in) but less as a forward <a href="https://t.co/Afzlre6jd8">pic.twitter.com/Afzlre6jd8</a>

Embiid instead made the second team alongside Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan. 

Embiid had a tremendous year for the 76ers, averaging a career-high 30.6 points, 4.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game, in addition to 11.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from deep.

Despite never making the first team, the 28-year-old now has four All-NBA Second Team selections to his name. Not making the first team is the least of his concerns, though, as he and the Sixers need to focus on making a deep playoff run in 2022-23.