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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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Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Joel Embiid will not play both games of back-to-back sets this season.
This was the expectation all along, as the 76ers aren't going to push Embiid after he sat out two full seasons. Colangelo wouldn't say if Embiid would play in the 76ers' first preseason game on Oct. 4, but his status should be updated after the first day of camp. The 76ers will more than likely try to trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel, but we're still not expecting a major workload for Embiid right out of the gate. His massive upside makes him a worth a late-round pick, though. Sep 26 - 12:12 PM

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Sixers coach Brett Brown said Joel Embiid (foot) will have "restrictions" upon finally getting onto the court.

"He will play and everybody understands there will be parameters, restrictions," Brown said. What those restrictions and parameters will look like—including the fact that he's unlikely to play on back-to-back nights—are expected to be determined during training camp, something that should be rather obvious given that the big man hasn't played in two years. It's not clear what Embiid's exact role will be to begin the year, and drafting him as anything more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues is an incredibly risky endeavor.
Sep 17 - 3:57 PM

Keith Pompey of is reporting that Joel Embiid "isn't expected to play on back-to-back nights."

Sixers coach Brett Brown has also stated that Embiid will be on a minutes restriction in games he does appear in this season. Although Embiid is supremely talented and will likely post impressive per-36-minute stats, it is risky to gamble anything other than a late-round flier on him in fantasy drafts this year because his upside will be capped by his limited opportunities.
Sep 17 - 10:04 AM

Brett Brown said that Joel Embiid (foot) will be practicing on the first day of training camp.

Brown indicated that there will be restrictions on Embiid, and said he "really didn't know" if Embiid will be the team's starting center on opening night, but he's hopeful that he'll be able to roll him out there for Philly's first preseason game. Brown also added that from what he's seen, Embiid is "on track so far" and the 76ers have a "great reason to be excited." When discussing Embiid's role, Brown said that he'll spend all of his time manning the five-spot, and he wants Embiid to be the "centerpiece" of the 76ers' defense. He's a high-upside guy to target towards the later rounds.
Sep 15 - 3:42 PM

Jerry Colangelo said that Joel Embiid (foot) appears to be "headed in the right direction."

Colangelo is urging Philly fans to have "guarded optimism" and stressed that the 76ers still have a lot of work to do, but he's excited about finally seeing Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric in action. Embiid said in August that he was 100 percent and he's still on track to play in the preseason, but it's going to be interesting to see how the 76ers handle his workload. He's obviously going to have restrictions, but the sheer upside makes him well worth a gamble in the later rounds. His value would also improve if the 76ers are able to move Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 10 - 10:05 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) said that he'll likely start slow after spending that past two years on the sidelines.

"I haven’t played in two years, so...I think I’ll start a little slow," Embiid said. Embiid went onto say that he thinks he'll fit in well with Brett Brown's up-tempo offense, and that once he gets it, he believes he'll be "pretty good." Reports on the health of Embiid's foot have been nothing but positive thus far, and it looks like the former No. 3 overall selection is finally ready to make his NBA debut. He'll likely start slow, but he presents enough upside to warrant a late-round selection in standard settings.
Aug 30 - 3:20 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) said that he's feeling "a hundred percent" healthy.

Players are always overly optimistic when given the chance to self-assess, but this is obviously notable given how the first two years of Embiid's NBA career have gone. Embiid added that it's been "really tough" to be forced to watch from the sidelines, but he's obviously eager to get on the floor and contribute in any possible way. The Sixers have been incredibly tight-lipped regarding Embiid's possible role, and it doesn't help that the team still currently has both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on its roster. For what it's worth, Embiid did say that he'll "probably" having playing restrictions, something we already knew was coming.
Aug 27 - 4:20 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) is "well and truly on track" to play during the preseason, according to 76ers' head coach Brett Brown.

Brown added that there have been zero "red flags" as Embiid has progressed in his rehab from a second surgery to his right foot, and all signs are pointing towards the former No. 3 overall selection finally making his NBA debut after two straight seasons on the sidelines. Embiid has the potential to make some noise his rookie season, but he'll likely start off slow with a hard minutes cap.
Aug 23 - 6:33 PM

According to Sixers coach Brett Brown, Joel Embiid (foot) is on track to play in preseason games.

"I just left my third consecutive day working out with Joel 45 minutes ago," Brown said. "Physically, mentally, recent medical scans, everything is pointing in the right direction. We’re just very excited." All signs are pointing toward Embiid finally getting onto the hardwood, but his exact role and any potential restrictions remain uncertain at this point.
Source: Philly Mag
Aug 20 - 2:20 PM

The Sixers have "scripted a plan" for Joel Embiid that he's been following "religiously," according to head coach Brett Brown.

"The city is going to see something very unique in a 7-foot-2 frame that has the skill package that is exceptional, albeit young, albeit he hasn’t played a second of NBA basketball," Brown said. The big man is fully expected to finally make his pro debut during the 2016-17 season, but it's unclear what kind of role or limitations he may have initially.
Source: CBS Local
Aug 13 - 3:36 PM

Barring a setback, Joel Embiid (foot) should be good to go when the 2016-17 season begins, according to 76ers' Insider Derek Bodner.

The No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft has yet to make his NBA debut, and Philly did not let him take the court during summer league. He has, however, progressed to going through full contact 5-on-5 work without experiencing any setbacks and he is on the right track to be ready for the upcoming season. Hopefully we can see him get his feet wet during the preseason.
Jul 28 - 4:42 PM

76ers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce said that Joel Embiid (foot) is still healthy after being cleared for 5-on-5 scrimmages two weeks ago.

"We know he's healthy," Pierce said. "He's been in a great spot the past couple of months. He's just trying to get in basketball conditioning, [work on his] basketball skills, and feel comfortable on the floor." Embiid is with the 76ers in Vegas, but he won't play in any games. It's still unclear if he will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, but we'll be tracking his progress very closely this summer. Despite the durability concerns, he still has enough upside to be an interesting gamble in the later rounds.
Jul 9 - 10:35 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) has been cleared to start light scrimmaging in five-on-five settings, according to league sources.

While this still doesn't mean he'll be ready, this is a step in the right direction for the big man. The Sixers have already ruled the 22-year-old out of summer league, but we'll keep a close eye on his next steps. Embiid's progress over the summer will go a long way towards determining his fantasy value, but he'll likely end up being an intriguing high-risk, high-reward option in the later rounds on draft day.
Jun 21 - 1:19 PM

Bryan Colangelo said that Joel Embiid has been going through two-on-two and three-on-three work in "controlled situations."

"[Embiid's] done some things competitively, two-on-two and three-on-three in controlled situations," said Colangelo, "but the word 'controlled' is the key there. Everything's got to be done within the process set forth and the timeline set forth by the doctors." Embiid is 10 months removed from undergoing a second procedure on his right foot, but he will still not be allowed to participate during Summer League and Colangelo wouldn't say whether or not he'd be ready for the 2016-17 season.
Jun 14 - 6:48 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) will not play in summer league, according to GM Bryan Colangelo.

Colangelo had previously said the chances of Embiid playing were "nill," and now he's definitively ruled the big man out of the picture. While Embiid will be with the team in Las Vegas, he will not step on the floor for action. As an aside, Colangelo said Embiid has done some two-on-two and three-on-three work.
Jun 13 - 1:28 PM

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