PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sixers superstar Joel Embiid will be an All-Star starter for the fifth consecutive season, the NBA said Thursday night. The big man will become the first Sixer to start five straight All-Star Games since Hall of Fame guard Allen Iverson did it from 2000 to 2006.
Embiid also became the fourth 76er to be named an All-Star starter at least five times, and only Julius Erving, Dolph Schayes, and Iverson — all Hall of Famers — have more starting selections.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Heat Advisory In Effect As Temperatures Hit Record Highs On Saturday
The 27-year-old Embiid is averaging a career-best 29.0 points, good for third in the NBA, along with 10.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game.READ MORE: Suspect Surrenders After Firing AK-47, Shotgun At Bensalem Police During Barricade Situation, Officials Say
Since Christmas Day, Embiid leads the NBA in scoring, averaging 34.7 points.MORE NEWS: Where To Find Cooling Centers In Philadelphia This Weekend
Embiid will start alongside Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan and Trae Young.