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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, tries to get around Cleveland Cavaliers' DeAndre Liggins, center, and Kevin Love during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was named the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, for games played in October and November, the league announced Thursday.

Embiid leads all rookies in scoring (18.2 per game), rebounding (7.8), blocks (2.4) per game and 3-point percentage.

He ranks third in field-goal percentage and sixth in free-throw percentage. His 22.8 minutes played per game place him fourth among NBA rookies.

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Embiid is only the fifth player since at least 1983-84 to hold such averages through 12 career games and the first since Shaquille O’Neal did so in 1992-93 with the Orlando Magic. The remaining three players on the list are former Sixer Dikembe Mutombo (1991-92), David Robinson (1989-90) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1984-85), per

The last NBA rookie to average 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for a full season was the Spurs’ Tim Duncan in 1997-98 (per

— Press staff reports

His six 20-point games lead all Philadelphia players and are double that of the next-closest rookie. Denver’s Jamal Murray has three 20-point games (per

Embiid is the fourth Sixers player to be named Rookie of the Month since the award’s inception in 1981-82. He joins Michael Carter-Williams (four times in 2013-14), Allen Iverson (twice in 1996-97) and Jerry Stackhouse (once in 1995-96).



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