Tonight, the All-Star starters will be announced on TNT. It is unlikely the East's starting five will include Joel Embiid -- he was only third among frontcourt fan voting at last check, and coaches and media will likely go with a safer choice (i.e. one that doesn't rank only eighth on his team in total minutes played) anyway. But I think we're officially at the point where it's absurd to think of JoJo possibly not getting considered at all, so before the reserves are announced a week from tonight, here's some numbers that tell the partial story of Embiid's dominance in his rookie season:
107.1: The Sixers' overall defensive rating, tenth best in the NBA.
99.3: The Sixers' defensive rating with Embiid on the court, first-best in the NBA.
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99.7: The Sixers' overall offensive rating, worst in the NBA.
105.0: The Sixers' offensive rating with Embiid on the court, 15th best in the NBA.
7.7: Embiid's block percentage, highest in the entire NBA.
15.4: Embiid's assist percentage, third-highest on the Sixers (behind their two point guards).
10: Embiid's current streak of consecutive games with 20 points or more, longer than any Sixer since Iverson.
7: Number of games where Embiid has shot more than ten free throws.
4: Number of games last season where anyone on the Sixers shot more than ten more free throws.
68: Embiid's (positive) plus-minus for the entire season.
224: The Sixers' (negative) plus-minus for the entire season.
42.5: Embiid's defensive FG% at the rim, highest for any center in the league.
28.2: Embiid's scoring per 36 minutes, seventh best in the NBA.
1: Number of other rookies who have ever scored at that rate before (Wilt Chamberlain).
10: Number of wins the Sixers had all of last year.
12: Number of wins, after last night's season-highlight win over the Raptors, that they have this year with Embiid in the lineup.