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January 12, 2017

Embiid getting closer to earning a starting spot in NBA All-Star Game

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The Sixers have been campaigning pretty hard for their rookie center to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. And it's working.

The league released the latest numbers for the fan vote, which will count towards 50% of a player's total, with the rest being split between current players and a panel of media members, and Joel Embiid is gaining on the competition.

Once voting closes on Jan. 16 -- and the player/media votes are added in -- the top three frontcourt players and top two backcourt players will make up the starting five for each conference. Last week, Embiid was 29,000 votes behind Kevin Love.

Now, with just a few days left to vote, that number stands at just 16,000. And sure, the campaigning that's been done by the Sixers and their fans have gone a long way, but it's more about what Embiid's been able to do this season. Not only has he been playing at an all-star level on the court, but he's been winning plenty of votes off the court as well:

Embiid explains his love of Shirley Temples | Embiid secures Sam Hinkie’s all-star vote | Embiid’s playoff proclamation music to ears of long-suffering fans | Embiid shuts down trolling porn star Mia Khalifa | Why Embiid will be the king of Philadelphia | There were audible ‘Trust the Process’ chants … in Boston 

And that's just in the last six days, not including all the work he's put in on Twitter. Heck, it doesn't even include the story about how he's hoping to get a date with his 'famous' crush once he's named an all-star.

As for his on-the-court resume:

FG: 46.0% | 3PT: 36.7% | FT: 78.7% | 25.1 MIN/GM

PER 36 MIN27.810.

You can vote by tweeting "Joel Embiid" [or any other player's first and last name] followed by "#NBAVOTE." You can also vote on or by simply putting "NBA vote" into your Google search bar.

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