Joel Embiid receives the dishonour of being named the 2017-18 Shaqtin' a Fool MVP

Published Add your comment

Football News

Joel Embiid enjoyed a terrific season with the Philadelphia 76ers and established himself as one of the best centers in the NBA. 

His impressive campaign saw him earn All-Star and All-NBA honours as he led the Sixers to 52 wins in the regular season and the second round of the playoffs. 

The big man's personal accomplishments don't end there as he recently added another personal accolade. However, this is not one he'll appreciate as it doesn't celebrate his great work on the court. 

Instead, it focuses on his mistakes on the floor and it's simply the one award that no player in the league wants to win. 

Yes, you guessed it. Embiid has been named as the 2017-18 Shaqtin' A Fool MVP.

Even though he was a dominant presence for the 76ers, this is a reminder that greatness can sometimes be accompanied by the occasional blooper.

But in Embiid's case, it happened on several occasions which is why he was bestowed with the unwanted honour. 

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game One

If you recall, he also took home the Shaqtin' A Fool Midseason Award for Worst Moment of the Season.

At that time, the 24-year-old said: "I want to thank Shaq for acknowledging me for missing three dunks in a game as a 6-11 guy. But I just didn’t have my legs that day. Next time."

Judging by a tweet he posted earlier this month, he had a feeling that he'd receive this MVP accolade. 

In reference to J.R. Smith's famous blunder in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Embiid said: "He’s really tryna take that Shaqtin A fool MVP from me lmao."

But unfortunately for the Cameroonian, he wasn't let off the hook even though Smith's blunder was done on the biggest stage and will go down as one of the worst in NBA history. 

Here are Embiid's worst moments of the campaign that earned him the unwanted title:

The TNT segment was once again a huge hit on Inside The NBA and gave us more hilarious gaffes throughout the season. 

Here's a small selection of some of the most memorable bits:

With his humorous nature, Embiid will definitely take it in his stride and have fun with his Shaqtin MVP.

On a more serious note, he'll hope to be receiving a more prestigious award later this month as he's among the three candidates to win Defensive Player of the Year. 

'The Process' is also targeting the real MVP award next season. If he produces another dominant year on both ends of the floor and cuts out the embarrassing errors, he'll have every chance of hoisting the league's top individual prize.

CLICK HERE to listen to Episode Two of the new GiveMeSport NBA podcast, featuring New York Times senior writer Marc Stein. Subscribe for all future episodes.

Allen Iverson
Ben Simmons
Atlantic Division
Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers
Eastern Conference

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again