Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers experienced deja vu during the NBA playoffs. Not only did Embiid end up as the runner-up in the NBA MVP race to Nikola Jokic, but the Sixers also lost in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Even after bumping up his numbers and winning the scoring title, Jokic once again took the hardware home. Given the numerous injuries that Embiid sustained during the Sixers playoff run that ended in such a depressing way, it's understandable to question how many more cracks he will get at taking home the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. The Sixers' offseason has been quite depressing overall so far.
The good news for Embiid is that he has finally earned an MVP award. But it's not the one you think. Anna Orso of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Philadelphia City Council has given the title of “Most Valuable Philadelphian” to the Sixers' superstar big man.
Philly City Council just passed a resolution that names Joel Embiid our MVP – "Most Valuable Philadelphian"
— Anna Orso (@anna_orso) May 19, 2022
Although the title isn't the same as an NBA MVP award, it's a very deserving one and is not totally without its value. Philadelphia is a very passionate sports town and Embiid has been the biggest star there for years. The timing of the bestowment of the title is pretty putrid, though, given that the Sixers have been eliminated from the playoffs for a week and the NBA announced Jokic as the MVP the day before their season ended. Not everyone in Philly is celebrating Embiid's latest accomplishment.
Now that Embiid has a different kind of MVP to his name, Philly needs to do whatever they can to help him contend for a championship. The Sixers' offseason is extremely important.