NBA Awards 2021: Joel Embiid a finalist for Community Assist Award

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Embiid 1 of 10 finalists for NBA Community Assist Award originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Joel Embiid is one of 10 finalists for the NBA’s season-long Community Assist Award.  

Former Sixers Josh Richardson and Jrue Holiday are also finalists. The other nominees are De’Andre Bembry, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Patty Mills, Donovan Mitchell, Larry Nance Jr. and Russell Westbrook.

The NBA will make a $25,000 donation on the winner's behalf to an organization of his choosing.

Embiid won the Community Assist Award for March. He donated $100,000 that month to Youth Services Inc., Project HOME and Sunday Breakfast Mission, three Philadelphia-based organizations that combat homelessness. 

Other community service highlights for Embiid this year include pledging $500,000 to the “First Responders First” campaign, providing PPE to frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Embiid, Sixers managing partner Josh Harris and Sixers co-managing partner David Blitzer donated $1.3 million to Penn Medicine to develop COVID-19 antibody testing for frontline workers. 

Last December, he gave five Philadelphia families groceries, gifts and relief on mortgage or rent payments for the next year. 

Voting will begin Tuesday at noon ET and run through June 19. The winner will be selected by fans and an NBA executive panel and announced during the playoffs.

Fans can vote via Jebbit or on Twitter by tweeting #NBACommunityAssist and either a player’s handle or #PlayerFirstNamePlayerLastName. For instance, #NBACommunityAssist @JoelEmbiid would register a vote for Embiid.