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Joel Embiid | Center/Forward | #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 (knee) said he thinks he can "probably" play in the first game after the All-Star break.
In case you missed it, he had suffered a minor tear to his meniscus late last month. He said as long as the practices go well and he's not dealing with swelling or soreness, he expects to be out there against the Wizards on Feb. 24. Embiid said he's been getting through some workouts about every other day to help get him going, as well. This is encouraging news for The Process and perhaps he can get back out there, but obviously the training staff and front office will have their say on this matter. Feb 17 - 4:08 PM

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Joel Embiid (knee) will be in New Orleans with the 76ers medical staff for the All-Star festivities, but he will not participate in either of the events he was selected for.

Embiid was supposed to compete in the Rising Stars game, as well as the Skills Challenge, but unfortunately, this knee injury will preclude him from participating in those events. He's also not with the team in Boston for today's game against the Celtics, but the 76ers continue to suggest this lengthy absence for Embiid has been largely precautionary, so perhaps he gets back on the court after the break. Nerlens Noel will start tonight with Jahlil Okafor backing him up.
Feb 15 - 11:15 AM

Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said that he does not believe Joel Embiid's knee injury will linger long-term but that Embiid will not return to the court until he’s fully free of all symptoms.

"If the injury presents as asymptomatic, and he can show he’s healthy and able to play basketball, there’s no reason he shouldn’t play," Colangelo said. "I don’t think there’s any potential long-term effects. This is not thought to be a severe injury. It’s thought to be a complicated injury." It is highly unlikely Embiid will play in the Sixers final game before the All-Star break on Wednesday. We will likely have to wait until early next week for a thorough update on Embiid's knee and will then find out how soon we can expect to see him back in action.
Feb 14 - 9:39 AM

Joel Embiid (knee) has been listed as out for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

He's expected to be sidelined through the All-Star break, so expect him to miss Wednesday's game vs. Boston as well. Embiid is dealing with a "very minor" tear in his meniscus in his left knee, but he reportedly doesn't need surgery and is considered day-to-day. With Jahlil Okafor expected to be moved shortly, Nerlens Noel and Richaun Holmes will soak up the center minutes for the next two games.
Feb 12 - 1:02 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) has a "very minor" tear in his meniscus in his left knee, according to general manager Bryan Colangelo.

He is still only day-to-day and Colangelo said that players play through minor meniscus tears a lot. This is not expected to require surgery and this minor tear was found back on Jan. 20. That means Embiid did play through this injury back on Jan. 27 against the Rockets on national TV. Embiid also admitted on Saturday that he is not healthy, so this injury will almost certainly hold him out until the All-Star break. Until then, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor should split the minutes at the five.
Feb 11 - 7:27 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) said on Saturday that he's not healthy.

"I think my [left] knee [has a] bone bruise," Embiid said. "It's been on and off working out. It swells up a little bit, and then it kind of slows down." Embiid also said missing time has nothing to do with the 76ers tanking. The "get off my lawn" folks can probably get on Embiid for dancing shirtless on stage at a Meek Mill concert on Friday, but dancing and playing basketball at the highest level are two different things. For now, expect Embiid to sit out until the break. Jahlil Okafor will start while Nerlens Noel backs him up.
Feb 11 - 2:53 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee contusion) will not play against the Heat on Saturday night.

After the home game on Saturday, the 76ers are on the road for Monday and Wednesday. Chances are we might not see The Process until after the All-Star Game -- he probably won't be playing in the Rising Stars game. Jahlil Okafor will get at least one more start to show his trade value while Nerlens Noel backs him up.
Feb 10 - 3:38 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) won't be with the 76ers on Thursday vs. the Magic, as he's scheduled to work out instead.

Embiid hasn't played since Jan. 27, but he is "coming along fine," according to 76ers coach Brett Brown. "Nobody needs to worry that there's anything deeper than that. We're just moving slowly and trying to move wisely. It is taking so long because we are erring on extreme caution. It shouldn't be read into anything's wrong. It isn't. There's no conspiracy theory going on." The 76ers built some momentum in January and they were likely contemplating a playoff push for a bit, but they have now lost seven out of their last eight games and you could argue that they are back in tank mode.
Feb 9 - 10:43 AM

Joel Embiid (knee) is expected to work out on Thursday.

In case you missed it, he is not going to play on Wednesday or Thursday. Coach Brett Brown did work out Embiid on Tuesday. "He's coming along fine. We're just moving slowly, wisely," Brown said. The 76ers losing so many games is not a great sign for Embiid to return, and perhaps they're now more inclined to rest players -- Ben Simmons (foot) also. Jahlil Okafor will start and look to boost his trade value while Nerlens Noel should play a lot off the bench.
Feb 8 - 5:25 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee) will not play Wednesday vs. San Antonio or Thursday in Orlando.

After Thursday, Embiid will have spent 11 of Philly's past 12 games on the shelf, and it's currently unclear exactly when he'll be able to return to the court. Embiid was spotted going through a light workout during shootaround while sporting a knee brace and goggles, and he also got in some light work on Tuesday, but him already being ruled out for both games of this back-to-back isn't exactly encouraging. Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel will continue to hold down the five-spot sans Embiid.
Feb 8 - 11:49 AM

Joel Embiid (knee) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

Embiid has missed nine of the past 10 games for Philly with the left knee contusion, but it seems there's a chance we could see him back in action for Wednesday's home game against the Spurs. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but his return to action could result in Jahlil Okafor picking up a DNP-CD. Stay tuned.
Feb 7 - 4:59 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) has been officially ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Pistons.

He's not even traveling with the team so this isn't a surprise. Embiid will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, so it's possible he could return to action on Wednesday vs. the Spurs. The best-case scenario for Embiid is that he will play twice this week, as he will be held out of Thursday's game against the Magic on the second night of a back-to-back set. We won't know his status for Wednesday until Tuesday afternoon, so starting him in weekly formats is risky.
Feb 6 - 11:26 AM

Joel Embiid (knee) will not travel for Monday against the Pistons.

He has already been ruled out for Saturday's game. Embiid had to really sell the training staff to play against Houston on Jan. 27, but now the training staff is getting the final say here. There's a decent chance Embiid just gets held out through the break. Until then, the pecking order for centers seems to be Nerlens Noel out in front with Jahlil Okafor slightly ahead of Richaun Holmes.
Feb 4 - 6:11 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) is not with the team and will not play Saturday in Miami.

This is not surprising, as coach Brett Brown said yesterday that he wasn't planning on Embiid being available this weekend. The Sixers have another road game on Monday in Detroit, before heading back home to play the Spurs on Wednesday, which is the first night of a back-to-back (they play in Orlando on Thursday). Jahlil Okafor will start in place of Embiid on Saturday. Nerlens Noel (illness) is listed as probable and will see plenty of playing time off the bench, assuming he plays.
Feb 4 - 11:22 AM

The 76ers "don’t anticipate" playing Joel Embiid (left knee contusion) Saturday in Miami or Monday in Detroit.

Embiid has missed three straight and six of Philadelphia's last seven games since injuring his left knee back on Jan. 20. "I think it’s going to be a challenge," coach Brett Brown said. "I’m really trying to take the team that is in that locker room and move them along and treat Joel like he will be a really great addition if we do see him in Miami. But it’s not something that I’m completely planning on it at all." If Embiid does not play, Jahlil Okafor will likely draw the start. Nerlens Noel (illness) missed Thursday's game, so his status for Saturday is unknown.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Sergio Rodriguez
2T.J. McConnell
3Jerryd Bayless
4Chasson Randle
SG1Gerald Henderson
2Nik Stauskas
3Timothe Luwawu
SF1Robert Covington
PF1Ben Simmons
2Ersan Ilyasova
3Dario Saric
C1Joel Embiid
2Nerlens Noel
3Jahlil Okafor
4Richaun Holmes