NBA 2020-21: Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid named KIA Players of the Month

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NBA KIA Players of the Month: The two centers played at an All-Star level during the first six-plus weeks of the season. Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid were named KIA Players of the Month.

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid have been named the Kia NBA Players of the Month for games played in December and January.

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Jokic averaged 26.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.6 assists through 20 games, serving as the catalyst to Denver’s No. 4 ranked offense.

Embiid, meanwhile, registered 28.3 points and 11.1 rebounds in 16 games played, guiding the 76ers to a 14-2 record in those contests.

The last time two centers won NBA Players of the Month was in November of 2006, when Dwight Howard and Yao Ming earned the honors.

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Other nominees

West: DeMar DeRozan (SAS), Luka Dončić (DAL), Paul George and Kawhi Leonard (LAC), LeBron James (LAL), Damian Lillard (POR), and Christian Wood (HOU)

East: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis (IND), Jaylen Brown (BOS), Andre Drummond and guard Collin Sexton (CLE), Kevin Durant (BKN), and Julius Randle (NYK)