Joel Embiid is a social media darling, but it turns out his fellow NBA players are big fans as well. The Philadelphia 76ers star won the National Basketball Players Association award for comeback player of the year and Best Social Media Follow on Friday, just two of the awards the NBPA gave out.
Russell Westbrook, meanwhile, won Most Valuable Player. He also took home Hardest To Guard and Best Dressed, which gives him a fashion double after he was named the best dressed athlete by Sports Illustrated earlier this summer.
The third annual awards are voted on by the players, and the NBPA took care with these to make sure every award gets a video tribute from the players’ peers. They even had Chris Bosh ‘host’ the awards, which were announced on Twitter in a series of tweets.
Here’s the full list of Players Voice Awards winners.
Best Rookie — Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks
Comeback Player of the Year — Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Best Off the Bench — Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
Best Defender — Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Hardest to Guard — Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team — LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Best Dressed — Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Home Court Advantage — Golden State Warriors
Coach You’d Most Like to Play For — Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
Clutch Performer — Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
Best Social Media Follow — Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Most Influential Veteran — Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies
Global Impact — LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Most Valuable Player — Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Congratulations to all the winners.