“Joel Embiid is on the verge of breaking decades-old NBA records”: Sixers MVP frontrunner can break Shaquille O’Neal, Moses Malone, and Bob McAdoo’s records this season

Akash Murty
|Published March 19, 2022

Joel Embiid is having the form of his life this season, the 76ers big man is breaking several records to go down in history as one of the bests ever.

The start to the weekend had a remarkable night of action in the NBA as the Philadelphia 76ers took on a red-hot Dallas Mavericks inside the Wells Fargo Center.

Luka Doncic and Co were on an 8-1 run in their last 9 games and were looking for their 4th straight road victory on Friday. But they got disappointment as the Sixers MVP candidate stood in their way.

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Joel Embiid, who is averaging well over 32 points in his last 6 games, was up for the challenge from the 5th best team in the West. He put up an outstanding performance of 32 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and a block in just over 33 minutes of action.

This was his 4th straight 30-point game, bringing the Cameroonian’s average at 30 points in 57 games played this campaign, making him the scoring leader at the moment.

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Joel Embiid might break many scoring records set by legendary Big Men decades ago

The Sixers big man is on the verge of breaking multiple decades-old NBA records if he goes on to be the scoring leader while maintaining the 30-point average with 13-games to go in the season for Philly. Thanks to a Reddit user for laying it out.

He can become:-

1. The first center to win the scoring title in 22 years: The last time a center won the scoring title was Shaquille O’Neal’s 1999-2000 season, in which he averaged 29.7 PPG.

2. The first center to average 30 PPG in 40 years: The last center to average 30+ PPG was Moses Malone in 1981-82; he put up 31.1 PPG but lost out on the scoring title to George Gervin, who put up 32.3 PPG.

3. And the first center to win the scoring title while averaging 30+ PPG in 46 years: The last center to win the scoring title while averaging 30+ PPG was Bob McAdoo, who put up 31.1 PPG en route to the 1975-76 scoring title.

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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