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Joel Embiid | Center | #21

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 260
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / PHI
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Joel Embiid could put himself at risk financially if he suffers a serious injury away from the team that causes him to miss a substantial amount of time.
If you missed it, some videos have been going around of Embiid playing ball on the streets of Philly, including him dunking on some. Embiid isn't exactly going all out, but his injury history is no secret. We'll see if this news affects how he approaches the offseason. Jun 1 - 5:45 PM

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Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LaMarcus Aldridge and Joel Embiid made the 2017-18 All-NBA Second Team.

After just 31 games in his rookie season, The Process doubled that with 63 games, averaging 22.9 points, 11.0 boards, 3.2 dimes, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 treys in 30.3 minutes per game. Westbrook somewhat surprisingly doesn't get on the First Team despite how he averaged a triple-double on the year after his MVP season with the same feat. Giannis also made his second All-NBA Team after last season and he'll have a better shot to be First Team next year while LMA earned his fifth All-NBA nod and DeMar added his second in his career.
May 24 - 2:29 PM

Joel Embiid said his goal is to be the league MVP in 2018-19.

"I feel like next year is definitely going to be a type of MVP season for me," he said. "But it starts with my body. And the skills. I love being in the gym. I don’t feel like taking any time off." This will be his first summer without restrictions since 2014, and Embiid added that he wants to get his playing weight down to 270 -- he was around 281 in 2017-18. Embiid ran out of gas at times during the postseason, so it's not a surprise that conditioning is an area of focus.
May 20 - 10:18 AM

Joel Embiid said he wants to drop 6-11 pounds this summer.

He said he is at 281 today and would like to get down to 270-275. "I think next year could be an MVP type season for me. But it starts with [working on] my body," Embiid said. Embiid's post-up game wasn't as effective in the postseason, but it makes sense for him to be more agile to help spacing next to Ben Simmons. Regardless, Embiid could be even better next year.
May 10 - 4:43 PM

Joel Embiid had 27 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocks during Philly's Game 5 defeat in Boston on Wednesday, making 9-of-18 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs in 39 minutes.

Embiid was fired up after getting called for a technical foul and being heckled by the Celtics' home crowd, and his third-quarter eruption helped Philly close to within a point heading into the fourth. He was stonewalled and lost possession on a crucial possession late tonight, but the Sixers did themselves no favors by committing five team fouls just two minutes into the fourth quarter. Philly can still take solace in having advanced to the Conference semifinals with a young core that's only getting better.
May 9 - 11:38 PM

Joel Embiid scored 22 points during a 101-98 overtime loss to the Celtics in Game 3 on Saturday, adding 19 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 41 minutes.

This one will sting in the 2-1-5 for a very, very long time as the 76ers are now down 3-0. At the end of regulation, Marco Belinelli did hit a game-tying fadeaway at the buzzer, but the 76ers operations staff fired off the confetti prematurely. The game had to be on hold because of the confetti falling for about seven minutes, and the 76ers did get an early lead in the extra frame. However, the 76ers made mistake after mistake after mistake as coach Brad Stevens just schooled coach Brett Brown. No team has ever come back from an 0-3 hole in NBA history, so the Philly fans may have some trust issues with how this pans out.
May 5 - 8:10 PM

Joel Embiid made 8-of-22 from the field for 20 points during a 108-103 loss in Boston during Game 2 on Thursday, adding 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

He struggled with his jumper in this game, making just 2-of-9 shots from outside the paint and 3-of-6 at the line. On defense, the Celtics clearly are doing their best to keep Embiid away from the rim and it's been working, especially now that Aron Baynes is making corner treys. Embiid's 37 minutes are the most he's played in 2018 and he'll likely be close to 40 again in Game 3 on Saturday.
May 3 - 11:15 PM

Joel Embiid's 31-point performance wasn't enough in Monday's 117-101 Game 1 loss to Boston.

Embiid finished 12-of-21 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line with 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two triples, but the Celtics made him work for everything and Al Horford got the best of him at times. Boston was one of the toughest matchups for Embiid during the regular season as he shot just 38.5% from the field against them across three games, so his strong game tonight is definitely something they will look to build on. Ben Simmons' had a tougher time, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and a game-high seven turnovers.
Apr 30 - 11:12 PM

Joel Embiid (orbital fracture) will continue to wear a protective face mask until he gets more tests to determine how well he's healing.

Embiid had surgery on Mar. 31 and was told he'd need six weeks to fully heal, so he may need to wear the mask throughout the second round. The mask is obviously frustrating him and he's thrown it aside a few times during games, saying recently that he "will be able to make more shots and have better vision" when he's allowed to ditch the mask.
Apr 30 - 2:24 PM

Joel Embiid had 19 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in 29 minutes as the Sixers beat the Heat 104-91 in Tuesday's Game 5, winning the series by a count of 4-1.

This is the Sixers' first trip to the second round since 2012 and Embiid's strong play is a big reason why the Sixers might not only win the East, but might even have a chance to win the entire shebang this year. Embiid has been back for three games since his orbital injury and is averaging 18.7 points, 10.3 boards, 3.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.0 3-pointers since returning. The Sixers will get the winner of the Celtics-Bucks series in the semis and the Celtics currently hold a 3-2 advantage in that one.
Apr 24 - 10:52 PM

Joel Embiid made 2-of-11 from the field and 10-of-13 from the line for 14 points against the Heat in a Game 4 win on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal, five blocks and eight turnovers.

Besides his outstanding defense and the sloppy turnovers, a big story going forward is that Embiid clearly doesn't like playing with his mask and that may be part of the reason he made just 2-of-11 from the field. He apparently tried to sneak out on the court for an offensive possession to play without the mask and was fouled on a shot just seconds later, but coach Brett Brown was furious and forced Embiid to put the mask back on. Besides that, he is the first 76er with five blocks in a playoff game since Dikembe Mutumbo, and he's the first 76er with 10 free throw makes in consecutive games since Allen Iverson in 2003. If the 76ers can close out on Tuesday, maybe Embiid can have the mask off for the next round.
Apr 21 - 5:34 PM

Joel Embiid returned to action with a high-tech mask during a 128-108 win over the Heat in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

This hero should probably should get a cape to go with the mask. Embiid needed three masks to get through this game with Justise Winslow stepping on one, and a second one breaking after he was fouled on the baseline. Embiid's defensive impact was highly apparent as he changed shots, while he and Ben Simmons put up a whopping 135.0 offensive rating in 24 minutes together. It's also worth a mention that he didn't play the final 1:59, so Embiid was likely headed to 32 minutes had the game been close. With The Process back, a run the NBA Finals could be in the cards for Philly.
Apr 19 - 10:22 PM

Joel Embiid (face) will start for Game 3 against the Heat on Thursday.

He's back. Embiid will reportedly wear a mask and goggles in his return to the lineup after missing 21 days. He doesn't have a formal minutes cap and his playing time will be based on his conditioning. Embiid is likely going to see a lot of Hassan Whiteside, and it's worth a mention he attempted more 3-pointers with Whiteside guarding him than any other player in the NBA this season (6-of-11, per NBA.com). Trust The Process.
Apr 19 - 6:02 PM

Joel Embiid (face) has been upgraded to probable for Thursday against the Heat.

Giddy up. Embiid has been lobbying to play for a long time and he was doing so just moments ago. Apparently, that lobbying and clearing the tests will allow him to get back on the court. He'll likely be a game-time call, but things are looking up for The Process. We'll have at least one more update on Embiid this evening.
Apr 19 - 4:47 PM

Joel Embiid (orbital bone fracture) remains doubtful for Thursday's Game 3 vs. Miami.

Embiid is making progress and was able to do a little bit of contact at Wednesday's practice. Coach Brett Brown said "everything is still on the table" in regards to his availability, so it sounds like the 76ers will re-evaluate him after warmups.
Apr 19 - 9:50 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ben Simmons
2Markelle Fultz
3T.J. McConnell
4Jerryd Bayless
5Landry Shamet
6Demetrius Jackson
SG1J.J. Redick
2Timothe Luwawu
3Zhaire Smith
4Shake Milton
SF1Robert Covington
2Justin Anderson
3Wilson Chandler
4Furkan Korkmaz
PF1Dario Saric
2Nemanja Bjelica
C1Joel Embiid
2Richaun Holmes
3Amir Johnson