In the final 2022-2023 in the season’s MVP race, Domantas Sabonis took 7th place among the world’s best basketball players. This is the highest place occupied by a Lithuanian basketball player in the NBA MVP elections.
Last season, D. Sabonis was selected as the best player of the week of the Western Conference several times.
The Lithuanian scored a total of 27 points and surpassed such basketball players as Luka Doncic (10 points), Stephen Curry (5 points), Jimmy Butler (3 points), De’Aaron Fox (2), Jalen Brunson (1 point) and Ja Morant ( 1 point).
D. Sabonis played as many as 79 games in the regular season, averaging 19.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.
D. Sabonis 2022-2023 was the player with the most rebounds in the entire NBA and the player with the most double-doubles in the season.
The Sacramento Kings represented by him took 3rd place in the Western Conference and for the first time since 2006. reached the NBA playoffs.
In the Western Conference quarterfinal series, D. Sabonis’ club lost 3:4 to the defending champion San Francisco Warriors.
in 1999 in similar elections, Domant’s father Arvydas Sabonis took 13th place, and Karl Malone became the NBA’s most valuable player.
At that time, Cameroonian Joel Embiid was recognized as the most valuable (MVP) NBA basketball player for the first time in his career. He won this prestigious award after defeating Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
This season, Mr. Embiid played 66 regular season games and was the best version of himself, reaching or exceeding the 40-point mark 13 times. He had his most productive game in November, when he scored 59 points against the Utah Jazz.
This season, Mr. Embiid averaged 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.
J. Embiid was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014. He was drafted third overall in the NBA draft.
Tormented by serious injuries for a long time, the tall man missed his first two professional seasons.
J. Embiid is the first basketball player in the ranks of the “76ers” to receive the MVP award since 2001. Allen Iverson won a similar prize 22 years ago.
Julius Erving (1981), Moses Malone (1983) and Wilt Chamberlain (1966, 1967, 1968) have also won the award for the 76ers.
2019 and 2020 The MVP award went to G. Antetokounmpo, and N. Jokicius enjoyed it for the last two years.
Every Sunday, we invite you to watch NBA games on the free TV6 channel.
This Sunday from 10:30 p.m. Lithuanian time, the TV6 channel will broadcast the match of the Eastern Conference semi-final series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is the recipient of the Michael Jordan Trophy as the 2022-23 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player.Results and award history: https://t.co/kTPm9sEG4d pic.twitter.com/h6VzRPNF8Y
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