Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid

27-Year-Old CenterC
Philadelphia 76ers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Embiid is coming off a 2020-21 season in which he finished second in MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic. In 31.1 minutes per game, Embiid averaged 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 combined blocks-plus-steals. He also posted a career-high true shooting percentage (63.6) by a significant margin. The result was him finishing as the fifth-best fantasy player on a per-game basis. However, he continued to miss time with injury and appeared in just 51 games, limiting his total fantasy production to 16th overall. Injuries are still the overarching theme with Embiid, as his career high in games played is 64 (2018-19). He's a top-five fantasy talent but will often slip to the end of the first round due to the concern. Heading into 2021-22, not much should change regarding Embiid's role, and there's potential for him to see more usage if Ben Simmons is traded, as has been rumored all offseason. That could create better floor spacing for Embiid to work in the post. Even if Simmons doesn't get dealt, Embiid will still presumably put up MVP-caliber numbers as one of the best two centers in the NBA. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $141.68 million contract extension with the 76ers in August of 2021. Contract includes $54.22 million player option for 2026-27.
Personal Bio

Joel Hans Embiid was born in Yaounde, Cameroon, to Christine and Thomas Embiid. He formed an early interest in volleyball and initially planned to play the sport professionally in Europe. However, Embiid took up basketball when he was 15 and moved to the United States at age 16 to focus on the sport. He enrolled at Montverde Academy and later transferred to The Rock School, in Gainesville, Florida. There, he posted per-game averages of 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots as a senior, helping his team to a state championship. That year, Embiid played in both the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoops Summit. After one year at the University of Kansas, Embiid reached the NBA, becoming the third Cameroonian-born player in league history. Since joining the Association, Embiid has performed numerous charitable acts. In 2018, he participated in the NBA Africa Game and Basketball without Borders camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. That year, he also handed out goodies and spent time with 200 local children at a Philadelphia-area Boys & Girls Club. In 2020, Embiid donated $500,000 to COVID-19 relief and teamed with Sixers' Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer to make a $1.3 million donation to Penn Medicine for Critical Support of Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19. Learn more about Embiid by following him on Twitter (@JoelEmbiid) and on Instagram (@joelembiid).

College/International Summary

Embiid played for Kansas for one season, the 2013-14 campaign. The seven-foot center came off the bench for the first eight games of the season and scored in double digits four times. After a loss to Colorado, coach Bill Self inserted Embiid into the starting lineup against Florida. He started 15 conference games and averaged 11.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. His many standout games included a 13-point, 11-rebound, eight-block performance in a win over Oklahoma State. During that lone season, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.6 blocks despite playing just 23.1 minutes per game. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Big 12 Second Team, as well as the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. Prior to the postseason, Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his back and did not play for the Jayhawks in either the Big 12 or NCAA Tournament. After his freshman season, Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA Draft and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the third overall pick.

Resting for exhibition finale
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October 14, 2021
Embiid will not play in Friday's preseason finale against the Pistons.
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Embiid's fifth season with the 76ers was his best yet, as he ended the season amongst the top three players for the MVP race and he set plenty of career-highs. The center played and started in 51 games and averaged 31.1 minutes. Embiid finished the year with a career-best 28.5 points to go along with 10.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals. The 27-year-old managed to notch 36 double-doubles, as well as 59 games with double-digit scoring performances. In the playoffs, the former Kansas standout posted averages of 28.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals. One of Embiid's best performances of the season came against the Bulls on Feb. 19, where the center recorded a career-high 50 points, along with 17 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals. Another impressive game from the MVP candidate came on Feb. 17 against the Rockets, as Embiid flirted with a triple-double by finishing with 31 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Defensively, Embiid was an exceptional defender as he recorded 76 blocks and 61 steals in 61 total games. Embiid also set a career-best five steals against the Heat on Jan. 12. Overall, Embiid solidified his important role with the 76ers, as he led his team in points (28.5), rebounds (10.6) and blocks (1.4).

2019

Embiid appeared and started in 51 regular season games for the 76ers, averaging 29.5 minutes per contest. The Kansas product posted averages of 23.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 blocks, while hitting 47.7 percent of his field goal attempts. Embiid shot 33.1 percent -- up from 30.0 percent in 2018-19 -- and knocked down a career-best 80.7 percent of his free throws. On opening night against Boston, Embiid went for 15 points and 13 rebounds for his first of 38 double-doubles during the regular season. Versus Atlanta on Oct. 28, Embiid posted 36 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in a two-point Sixers victory. On Dec. 5 against Washington, Embiid grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds -- a total he would match against Indiana on Aug. 1, also adding 41 points. Embiid went for a season and career-high 49 points in a win over the Hawks on Feb. 24. In 36 minutes, he also chipped in 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. In a win over Chicago on Feb. 9, Embiid swatted a season-high four shots in just 31 minutes. He registered a season-high eight assists in a Jan. 6 win over Oklahoma City, adding 18 points and nine boards in 33 minutes. At mid-season, Embiid was selected to his third consecutive NBA All-Star Game. In the Sixers' final game before the suspension of the season, Embiid went for 30 points and 14 rebounds in a Mar. 11 win over Detroit. When the season resumed in Orlando, Embiid appeared in seven of the Sixers' eight seeding games prior to the playoffs. In Round 1 against Boston, Embiid averaged 30.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks over the course of four games. In Game 2, Embiid posted a playoff-career-best 34 points, to go with 10 boards and three assists. At season's end, Embiid ranked 16th in the NBA in points per game, sixth in rebounds per game, 19th in blocks per game, 12th in total made free throws (351), eighth in usage rate (32.9%), and seventh in Player Efficiency Rating (25.8).

2018

Embiid started and played in a career-high 64 games for the 76ers during the 2018-19 season, establishing career bests in points per game (27.5) and rebounds per game (13.6). That scoring rate was good for fourth in the league. The center also averaged 1.9 blocks per game, which was sixth in the NBA. Embiid scored a season-high 42 points as part of a 133-132 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 9. Less than two months later, he matched that scoring total in a 132-127 win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 2. Embiid set a new career high in assists with 13 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Apr. 4. He made his second straight All-Star game and scored 10 points in 23 minutes for Team Giannis. Embiid played in 11 playoff contests, averaging 20.2 points and 10.5 rebounds. He earned the NBA Player of the Month award for January. Following the season, Embiid was selected to the All-NBA Second Team and All-NBA Defensive Second Team.

2017

Injuries held Embiid back for a long time after he was taken No. 3 overall in 2014, but the 2017-18 season felt like a turning point for the 23-year-old center. He played in 63 games and made his presence felt in a big way, averaging 22.9 points and 11.0 rebounds while helping the 76ers to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. There were plenty of big moments for the big man, including a career-best 46 points against the Lakers on Nov. 15 and a 20-rebound game (to go with 25 points) against Chicago on Mar. 19. Embiid recorded a season-high eight assists while scoring 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Minnesota on Dec. 12, and he set a career mark with six three-pointers on Dec. 8. Unsurprisingly, all that got Embiid named to his first All-Star Game -- and he started, too. He went on to make his playoff debut after returning from an orbital bone fracture, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Miami. Embiid went on to record double-doubles in every subsequent playoff game that season, including a 31-point, 13-rebound, five-assist effort against Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Kansas product earned his first All-NBA honors, getting named to the All-NBA Second Team and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice, too.

2016

After foot surgeries held him out for what would have been his first two NBA seasons, Embiid was able to get on the court in 2016-17, and he regularly showed flashes of brilliance over the course of his 31 games. Embiid started each of those contests, posting nine double-doubles while averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks -- leading the Sixers in points, rebounds and blocks per game. Had he qualified for the league lead, Embiid would have finished second only to Rudy Gobert in blocks per game. He set high-water marks with 33 points against Brooklyn on Dec. 18 and 14 rebounds on Jan. 11 versus the Knicks. Embiid blocked at least three shots 11 times, and he swatted five shots in a game twice. All that productivity landed him third in the voting for Rookie of the Year.

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Embiid took a small step back in 2019-20, though it was mostly due to a reduced workload, seeing about four fewer minutes per game than he did in 2018-19. The injury woes persisted as well, with Embiid missing 22 games. Even so, he was one of the best centers in the league, being named to his third consecutive All-Star game and averaging 23.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 threes and 0.9 steals. The scene of the 76ers has changed around him and co-star Ben Simmons, as coach Brett Brown was fired and Doc Rivers was brought in for the 2020-21 campaign. Daryl Morey was also hired as general manager, who quickly acted by dumping Al Horford and Josh Richardson for Danny Green and Seth Curry to increase spacing. Still, that likely won't mean a huge shift in role for Embiid, and we can still expect him to be a 20-and-10 machine. For fantasy managers, the tough part about considering Embiid is where to draft him given his injury potential. He's been putting up top-20 numbers since his rookie campaign, but lost time can make him the equivalent of a third or fourth-round selection, as he ranked 43rd in total production in 2019-20 for eight-category leagues.
Embiid is coming off his second consecutive All-NBA selection, and he made significant strides as a scorer in 2018-19. He upped his field-goal attempts by 2.1 per game while also increasing his free-throw attempts by 2.7 per game. The end result was a scoring average of 27.5, which was good for fourth-highest in the NBA. Embiid also finished second in rebounds per game (13.6) and sixth in blocks per game (1.9). His next step as a player is improving his three-pointer. While Embiid launched 4.1 shots per game from deep in 2018-19, he converted them at a rate of just 30.0 percent. The 76ers have undergone some roster changes over the summer, signing Al Horford and trading Jimmy Butler to the Heat. The addition of another big man to the starting lineup has the potential to affect Embiid's production. Horford's ability as a floor spacer should ensure that he's out of Embiid's way in the post, but it seems possible that Embiid's rebounding could take a dip. Even if that's the case, Embiid still figures to be an All-NBA selection and fringe MVP candidate assuming he stays healthy. The main concern for Embiid's fantasy value has been, and may always be, his health. He was drafted in 2014 but didn't debut until 2016 due to injury, and he's appeared in just 158 of 246 possible games since then. Drafting Embiid in fantasy practically guarantees elite production at center, but he might never play more than 65 games in a season.
After playing in just 31 outings as a rookie, Embiid was able to more than double his amount of games played in 2017-18, taking the court for 63 contests. The 76ers also felt more and more comfortable getting their big man extended run and after being brought along slowly early on in the season, Embiid ended the year averaging 30.3 minutes. He turned that into his first full season of averaging a double-double, finishing with 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks. Those numbers placed him 15th in the league in scoring, ninth in rebounds and sixth in blocks, while it also earned him his first selection as an NBA All-Star. In addition, Embiid was a capable floor stretcher, knocking down 1.0 three-pointer at a 30.8 percent clip. That wasn't the most efficient number, but still forced defenses to extend to the perimeter and not sag in the lane. Looking forward to the upcoming campaign, Embiid should be in line for a similar role and could actually see another slight uptick in his workload now that he's further away from the foot injuries that plagued him previously. Obviously, one of Embiid's biggest downfalls is his health, so the risk of him missing double-digit games is always on the table. However, his elite production in multiple categories, as well as the fact that Embiid finished second in the league in usage percentage behind James Harden last year, should bring him into consideration to be a top-5 center off the board. He would benefit with increased efficiency from the three-point line, as well as the charity stripe, but with another offseason to hone in on his shot, Embiid will be an elite Fantasy asset.
After two years on the sidelines struggling through foot injuries, Embiid finally took the floor in 2016-17. The third pick in the 2014 draft was a revelation as a rookie, ranking as a top-40 per game Fantasy performer, despite averaging only 25.4 minutes per game. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and ranked third in the league in blocks per game with 2.4. Unfortunately, he saw action in only 31 games. From the start of October until January 20, Embiid rested for one game of each back-to-back set, plus four additional planned rests. He played under a soft 24 minutes per game cap to start the season, which was quickly increased to a soft 28 minutes per game cap. Then, on January 20th, Embiid suffered a “knee contusion”. He missed a week, then played well in a nationally televised game that would turn out to be his final game of the season – though Fantasy owners were strung along until March 1st, when official announcement of the end of his season finally came. It was later revealed that the initial injury was more than just a contusion, and he would eventually undergo surgery in March that removed a small portion of his meniscus as part of the treatment for a meniscus tear. As of August, reports indicate that he is progressing through his recovery well, though the 76ers front office injury reports should not be taken at face value when they involve their franchise prospects. In both the cases of Embiid and Ben Simmons (foot), throughout 2016-17 the 76ers front office routinely provided information that would later turnout to have understated the significance and recovery timetable of the stars’ injuries. Whenever he is healthy, Embiid is the unrivaled starting center, as he is already better than even the most optimistic projections for Jahlil Okafor or Richaun Holmes. Embiid is a dynamic star with top-10 Fantasy potential when healthy, but he is a major injury risk. He is likely to deal with planned rests and minute restrictions, though he can be an incredible contributor even in limited minutes. The 76ers have realistic playoff ambitions this season, which could help minimize the rests and lead to an increased workload, but the team is still likely to prioritize Embiid’s long term health over their immediate success.
It’s been more than two years in the making, but it appears Embiid is finally ready to make his NBA debut. Following a spectacular freshman season at Kansas in which he elicited Hakeem Olajuwon comparisons, Embiid was selected No. 3 overall by the 76ers in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 76ers drafted Embiid with the understanding that he had an existing stress fracture in his right foot, but the seven-footer’s immense upside still made him too tempting to pass up. That said, the organization likely wasn’t prepared for how problematic the center’s foot issues would ultimately prove to be. He was sidelined for the entire 2014-15 season after undergoing foot surgery and endured more complications in his recovery than expected, requiring a second procedure on the foot last August that sidelined him for the 2015-16 campaign. Fortunately, the rehab process has gone much more smoothly for Embiid this time around, as he was cleared to begin working out in December and has steadily increased his on-court activities throughout the summer. Embiid has claimed that his foot is now fully healed heading into training camp, and though the team brass has indicated he won’t be subjected to any medical-related limitations in his rookie season, the big man will likely face minute restrictions on some level while he works to regain conditioning following the lengthy layoff. Additionally, Embiid will have to contend with former first-round picks Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel for playing time at center, though one of those two players could eventually get shipped elsewhere to clear out the logjam in the frontcourt. Despite his lack of game action the last two years, the hype still remains high for the talented Embiid, but the 76ers aren’t counting on him to immediately emerge as a nightly double-double threat. Instead, the main goal seems to be simply getting Embiid through the season with his health fully intact, an achievement that would go a long way toward convincing the organization that he’s a worthy building block for the long haul.
Undergoing foot surgery a week prior to the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid was selected third overall by the 76ers and didn't play a single game last season. A second foot surgery for a navicular stress fracture this August will sideline him a second straight season. During his lone season at Kansas, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.6 blocks in 23 minutes per game while shooting 63 percent from the field and 69 percent from the free-throw line. Embiid embarked on his journey to the NBA at the age of 17 when former teammate and current free agent Luc Mbah a Moute spotted him at a basketball camp. The healing in Embiid's foot has been stymied by his still growing and developing body. Also, Embiid reportedly skipped steps in the rehab process, and his weight became a concern during the middle of the season, drawing question marks about his commitment level. Navicular stress fractures have a long-standing history of drastically handicapping a player's career, from Bill Walton to Yao Ming, and Embiid must wait until the 2016-17 season before playing his first game in the NBA.
Joel Embiid is entering his rookie season in the NBA, having been drafted with the third-overall pick this June. In his only season at Kansas, he averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.6 blocks in 23 minutes per game through 28 games played. He shot 63 percent from the field on 6.1 attempts per game and 69 percent from the free-throw line on 5.1 attempts per game. Embiid shows strong instincts on both sides of the ball, but his game unpolished in some respects, in part because he has only played organized basketball for three seasons. Offensively, he has shown great talent as a finisher, scoring on 76 percent of his attempts at the rim. Defensively, he is a strong rim protector and won All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. His biggest weakness is his relatively poor performance when he played against larger big men in college. Embiid is often compared to Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, but due to his struggles to remain healthy, he is also occasionally compared to Greg Oden. Embiid had surgery on his right foot in June, and the earliest projections for recovery would allow him to return to the court in March. In light of how the 76ers handled the recovery of Nerlens Noel last season, it's likely that Embiid will not play at all this season.
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Will play Thursday
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October 7, 2021
Embiid (rest) will play in Thursday's preseason game against the Raptors, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.
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Expects to play Thursday
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Embiid (rest) will "most likely" play in Thursday's preseason game against the Raptors, Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philly reports.
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Won't play in preseason opener
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October 3, 2021
Embiid will be held out of Monday's preseason opener against the Raptors, Kevin McCormick of ClutchPoints reports.
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Nabs supermax extension
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August 17, 2021
Embiid and the 76ers are expected to finalize a four-year, $196 million supermax extension Tuesday, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com reports.
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Leads all scorers with 31 points
CPhiladelphia 76ers
June 21, 2021
Embiid totaled 31 points (11-21 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-10 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 41 minutes during Sunday's 103-96 loss to the Hawks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series.
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