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Joel Embiid | Center | #21

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 250
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Joel Embiid (foot) is still "unlikely" to play in the summer league according to a source of the Bucks County Courier Times.
We've heard nothing but positive reports regarding Embiid for several months now, but the 76ers don't believe that it would be "practical" for him to play 11 months after a bone graft procedure. Embiid can't afford another setback, so it's understandable why the 76ers are being so cautious. There should be a ton of updates this summer and it still sounds like he could be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. May 20 - 9:12 AM

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76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Joel Embiid's most recent scan revealed that he is on track in his recovery from the bone graft procedure he underwent in August.

The positive reports keep coming on Embiid, and it sounds like the No. 3 overall selection from the 2014 draft will finally make his NBA debut next season. "At some point prior to training camp, we’re hoping that he’s in a situation where he can play competitive basketball," said 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo. If the 76ers don't do anything with their plethora of bigs prior to the 2016-17 season, it could take a while for Embiid to produce steady fantasy value as he compete for minutes in Philly’s loaded frontcourt.
May 19 - 5:12 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) tweeted that he'll be ready when the 2016-17 season begins.

Reports thus far on Embiid have been positive, and it sounds like he could potentially get on the court for Summer League this offseason. Head coach Brett Brown has said that Embiid will have a "serious minutes restriction" once he is able to get on the court, and he'll likely start behind Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel on the depth chart, so expect him to be brought along slowly in Philly.
May 18 - 10:14 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) was dunking and doing more basketball moves in a workout on Monday.

It does sound like he could be doing some 2-on-2 work soon after all. Embiid's workouts did include some emphatic dunks and a video (in link below) shows him with some agility on post moves. He did look a bit tired in the workout, so he still has a long way to go. We'll be watching closely for any definitive word of his 2-on-2 workouts this week.
May 16 - 7:24 PM

The 76ers declined to comment on the report that Joel Embiid (foot) has been cleared to participate in 2-on-2 drills next week.

A couple items on social media have surfaced about Embiid possibly doing some 2-on-2 work next week, but there won't be an official update. Coach Brett Brown was on an official team podcast this weekend talked about how Embiid is coming along nicely, but didn't mention the 2-on-2 workout. We'll be watching this closely all summer.
May 14 - 7:59 PM

Sixers head coach Brett Brown thinks Joel Embiid (foot) will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Brown expressed his optimism in saying it is his "strong belief" that Embiid will be ready for the first game of the 2016-17 regular season. While this could make for exciting news, we'll take Brown's optimism with a grain of salt and wait to see if the big man is able to play in summer league before getting too excited about his 2016-17 fantasy prospects.
May 10 - 1:53 PM

Joel Embiid worked out a few days ago, according to head coach Brett Brown.

"He's moving well," Brown said. "Everything is looking great right now." We would hope that Embiid is working out and not just sitting on the couch drinking Shirley Temples, so it's nice that Brown was able to confirm that much for us. Anything beyond that is still a giant question mark, and the Sixers have yet to state whether or not Embiid is expected to play in summer league.
May 9 - 9:54 AM

76ers coach Brett Brown didn't rule out the idea of allowing Joel Embiid (foot) to play in the summer league.

"We're still monitoring how far along he is with his injury," Brown said. "I feel like as a staff [when we learn more from] the medical staff, we'll be able to make a stronger comment then." Brown added that Embiid is "most definitely on track with what we've been doing, physically." We've heard several positive reports out of Philly that Embiid is making excellent progress and it appears he's still on track to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Apr 15 - 9:23 AM

Sixers Chairman of Basketball Operations Jerry Colangelo think Joel Embiid (foot) will be ready to make a difference in 2016-17.

Embiid has yet to play an NBA game in two full seasons, but Colangelo thinks the big man will make an impact next season. "Knock on wood this is the year we get to see him play and he can be a real difference maker," Colangelo said. While Embiid has enormous potential, we'll have to wait and see how he looks in training camp before making an assessment on his fantasy prospects for next season.
Apr 7 - 10:39 AM

Joel Embiid (foot)can do everything but full-contact, full-court scrimmaging in practice.

The 76ers are still expecting him to miss Summer League in July. Embiid has been doing some rehab in Qatar, but he's back in Philadelphia now. After missing the first two seasons, perhaps Embiid can make his NBA debut in October. He'll be one of the more interesting storylines this offseason.
Apr 4 - 8:05 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) has returned from Qatar.

Embiid is not expected to play in summer league, but he's been working out vigorously and is preparing to (finally) make his NBA debut during the 2016-17 season. We'll be keeping a careful eye on his progress all summer long. For what it's worth, Brett Brown called Embiid's second trip to Qatar "fantastic."
Apr 4 - 12:09 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) is heading back to Qatar for a second round of treatment.

Embiid made a lot of progress during his first visit to Qatar, so he will spend the next several weeks there. Embiid has shown flashes of his progress during some pre-game workouts, but he remains out for the season. The 76ers have ruled him out of the summer league, but it appears that he's on track to return for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Mar 20 - 9:57 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) is slightly increasing the pace of his on-court activities.

The big man is also showing some lift on his shot after months of standstill shooting, and he just recently returned from Qatar where he was rehabbing his foot at a state-of-the-art orthopedic hospital. "The days were very rigid, very monitored, very disciplined — no BS," said coach Brett Brown. "He came back feeling great about himself — and he should. He put in the work." Embiid won't play during the summer league, but it sounds like he's on track to be ready for next season.
Mar 4 - 9:05 AM

76ers GM Sam Hinkie said that Joel Embiid (foot) is doing "great."

"We're obviously excited about him," Hinkie said. "I've always been excited about him because he has rare gifts and he has a real chance to have a fantastic NBA career. That's obviously been delayed due to his injury, but he's doing great." Embiid is currently in Qatar for the next step in his rehab at a "state-of-the-art orthopedic hospital," but Hinkie did say that he doesn't expect him to play in the summer league because he wants him to be "raring to go" for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Feb 20 - 10:15 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) is doubtful to play in the summer league according to 76ers GM Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie added that the goal is for Embiid to be ready for the 2016-17 season, so this is likely more precautionary than anything. Embiid is currently in Qatar receiving treatment at "the world's leading specialized," and it should be noted that recent reports out of Philly regarding his health have generally been pretty positive.
Feb 19 - 12:18 PM

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PG1Ish Smith
2T.J. McConnell
3Kendall Marshall
SG1Isaiah Canaan
2Nik Stauskas
SF1Robert Covington
2Jerami Grant
3Hollis Thompson
PF1Nerlens Noel
2Richaun Holmes
3Luka Mitrovic
4Christian Wood
C1Jahlil Okafor
2Carl Landry
3Joel Embiid
4Elton Brand