From one in 20 million to number one. Joel Embiid beats the odds to become the best.

What are the chances he’d rise to the top of the league? Twenty million to one. Today, Joel Embiid accomplished just that. The seven-foot-tall Philadelphia  All-Star was named MVP of the 2022-2023 NBA season, officially claiming the esteemed honor he’s fought so hard for. The three-time MVP nominee and two-time runner-up defeated the defending award winner to take home this season’s title.


As an all-around dominant player and elite center, the UA Basketball athlete is no stranger to the spotlight. Embiid led his team to a 51-27 record this season, lighting up the scoreboard and leading the league in scoring for the second year in a row putting up an average 33.1 points per game. Philadelphia is currently in the Eastern Conference semifinals, after sweeing Brooklyn in the opening round of the Playoffs.

Joel Embiid MVP

It was a powerful regular season that landed  Philadephia in the Playoffs for a sixth-straight season, highlighted by performances like Embiid's 52-point, 13-rebound effort in the 103-101 win over Boston that established him as the MVP front runner.  Embiid dominated all year, but it is his determinaton, perseverance and impact both on and off the court that make him a true global inspiration to our next generation of athletes.

“You never know which opportunity is the opportunity. Focus on yourself and be ready to conquer the next big thing.”

- Joel Embiid, Professional Basketball Player

Growing up in Yaoundè, Cameroon, Embiid played volleyball for most of his childhood until moving to the states at the age of 16 to take his shot at playing high school basketball in Florida. His natural talent on the court led him to play for Kansas for a year where he was a finalist for the Naismith College Player of the Year award before being drafted by Philadelphia in the first round. Despite injuries and setbacks, Joel Embiid continued to prove that putting in the work, pushing past any moment of doubt and facing adversity head-on would lead him to forge his own path to victory. 


Joel continues to dominate both ends of the court, protecting his teammates and putting up points. Today, the six-time All-Star can cement his name as one of the greats, as the 2022-2023 Kia NBA MVP.