Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid named NBA Players of the Month

Published February 3, 2022, 7:00 AMNBA.com Staff

The standout big men take home the honors for the month of January.

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid have been named the NBA Players of the Month for the month of January.

Check out their highlights from the past month of action.

Nikola Jokic | Denver Nuggets

The playmaking center guided Denver to an 11-5 record in January with averages of 26.6 points, 13.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 16 games. Jokic capped off the month with a triple-double (18 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists) in a road win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 30. The Nuggets (28-22) are currently the 6th seed in the West standings.

Joel Embiid | Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia’s standout center powered his team to a 12-3 January with averages of 34.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 15 games. He had a 50-point, 14-rebound game in 27 minutes against the Magic on Jan. 19, scored at least 31 points in five straight games (Jan. 3-12) and closed out the month with 36 points, 12 rebouns and six assists in a win vs. the Kings on Jan. 29. The Sixers (31-19) are currently the 2nd seed in the East standings.

Other nominees: Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat), DeMar DeRozan (Chicago Bulls), Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), Darius Garland (Cleveland Cavaliers), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies), Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs), Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors), Anfernee Simons (Portland Trail Blazers), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)