Cameroonian basketball star Joel Embiid had a great 2017/18 National Basketball Association (NBA) season which saw him help Philadelphia 76ers reach the playoffs.
The 76ers reached the playoffs conference semi-finals where they lost 4-1 to Boston Celtics in an exciting tie.
Embiid helped Sixers close the regular season on a 16-game winning streak which is a franchise record and they became the only team in NBA history to end the regular season with 16 consecutive wins in the process.
The winning streak continued in the playoffs, but was ended at 17 when the Miami Heat defeated them in Game two of the first round.
The 24-year-old center was named a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, becoming the first 76ers player selected as an All-Star starter since Allen Iverson in the 2009–10 season, and the first Sixers All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013.
Furthermore, Embiid, was born in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaunde, was deservedly nominated for 2017/18 NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award. It is an annual accolade given since the 1982–83 NBA campaign to the best defensive player of the regular season.
The highly-rated center will be against French player Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel of Utah Jazz and American star Anthony Marshon Davis Jr of New Orleans Pelicans for the prestigious award.
He will be hoping to emulate Africans Dikembe Mutombo of Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) and Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon of Nigeria, who have both won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year accolade.
Mutombo and Olajuwon won the award four times, and twice respectively. The winner of this year’s accolade will be announce at the 2018 NBA Awards ceremony on June 25.