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Joel Embiid | Center

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 3/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 250
College: Kansas

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Sixers GM Sam Hinkie didn't close the door on Joel Embiid (foot) playing during the 2014-15 season.
If Embiid does play, it will be in the 2015 part of the 2014-15 season as he's still in a walking boot. "I don't know at this point," Hinkie said. "Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career." While we could see Embiid in the tail part of the regular season, redraft owners shouldn't bother using a pick on him. Aug 28 - 11:02 AM

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Sixers sign rookie Joel Embiid to contract on Tuesday.

Embiid announced his signing on Twitter and the terms are unknown. He'll be sidelined for most, if not all, of the upcoming season, meaning Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims are going to have to play a lot of minutes at center. Embiid is worth a pick in dynasty leagues, but we see little reason to use a draft pick on him in re-draft leagues.
Aug 26 - 7:14 PM

Marcus Smart, Joel Embiid and Jerami Grant were special guests at the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield, Maine.

Brian Scalabrine was also there and he was playing in a game while Embiid was obviously not. The No. 3 pick is in high spirits and has been one of the best Twitter accounts for a laugh in his pursuit of Rihanna. It's possible he does play in the 2014-14 season, but we're not holding our breath. Embiid isn't worth drafting in almost any redraft format.
Aug 9 - 4:24 PM

Joel Embiid's surgeon, Dr. Richard Ferkel, said on Wednesday that a return this season for Embiid is possible.

"It's certainly possible that he could come back this season," Dr. Richard Ferkel said. "There's no reason he shouldn't have a great NBA career and be very successful. Once this heals, hopefully this won't be an issue for him in the future." It is still undetermined whether the 76ers will follow the model they used for Nerlens Noel and let Embiid rehab for an entire season. However, it is clear Embiid's long-term future is more important than any immediate success in Philadelphia.
Jul 16 - 10:44 AM

The 76ers think Joel Embiid's stress fracture in his foot is a "one-off" injury and don't have any indications that it will happen again.

While this is good news for Embiid's long-term prospects, it doesn't change much for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie recently said that he thinks Embiid will be out 5-8 months, so fantasy owners should be treating him as Nerlens Noel, Part Deux going into fantasy drafts this fall. While he has all the talent in the world, he's better off left on waiver wires unless there is a drastic change of course to his timetable.
Jul 1 - 12:50 PM

76ers GM Sam Hinkie stated in a recent interview that Joel Embiid will be out 5-8 months.

"The number that I’ve heard from the surgeon himself was 5 to 8 months," Hinkie said. "We will give him every chance to be as healthy as he can be." In other words, don't expect Embiid to suit up this season. The Sixers sat Nerlens Noel (knee) his entire rookie season, and it's not outlandish to assume they will approach Embiid with the same caution. Owners in redraft leagues shouldn't have him on their boards at this point.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 27 - 5:27 PM

General manager Sam Hinkie said on Friday that he thinks of Joel Embiid (foot) as more of a power forward.

"If [Embiid and Nerlens Noel] can play together, they will be an absolute menace at the rim," Hinkie said. Interesting. Embiid does have some marvelous athleticism at 7 feet with his 7'5" wingspan, but playing him at anywhere else but center seems very odd. It's possible the 76ers just shut down Embiid for the entire 2014-15 season like they did with Nerlens Noel (knee), so he's going to be a very tough player to target in redraft fantasy leagues.
Jun 27 - 2:00 PM

The 76ers selected Kansas center Joel Embiid (foot) with the third pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

The 76ers tried to trade this pick and couldn't find anything they liked. They drafted Nerlens Noel last year and he didn't play at all, and now they'll have Embiid out for 4-6 months due to surgery on his navicular bone. He's arguably one of the best big men to come out of the draft with plenty of touch on offense to go with his tremendous presence around the rim. The Sixers were starting Henry Sims at center down the stretch last season and were absolutely destroyed around the basket on defense, so this certainly fills a need. If he's able to stay healthy, Philly could have a major steal here. He's going to be a tough player to stash in fantasy leagues given how Philly won't be in a rush to get him on the court.
Jun 26 - 7:55 PM

Three teams have emerged as serious potential landing spots for Joe Embiid (foot) in Thursday's 2014 NBA Draft, according to league sources.

The 76ers, Celtics, and Lakers all reportedly have Embiid on their radars as the 20-year-old is likely to fall a few draft spots after his recent foot surgery. Whoever drafts Embiid will assume the risk of him sitting out the entire 2014-15 season, but Embiid would likely be the consensus top pick if healthy so there is a large reward that comes with that risk. This news would theoretically rule out the Cavs, Bucks, Magic, and Jazz as potential destinations for Embiid, but draft rumors don't exactly have the highest conversation rate so this news should be taken with a grain of salt.
Jun 26 - 1:29 PM

Joel Embiid tweeted Wednesday night that he would be joining the Lakers, but then followed that up with a tweet saying that a friend was playing with his phone.

Embiid's verified account tweeted "i'm a laker" around 10:10 PM, but that tweet was deleted and followed up with a tweet that said "Friend playing with phone" at 1:15 AM. The 20-year-old would have to slip down the draft board a bit to fall to the Lakers, but his back troubles and his most recent foot surgery wouldn't make a drop to completely shocking. We'll have to wait until Thursday night's NBA Draft before we know what the truth here is, but we'll give Embiid a few bonus points for not claiming his phone was hacked.
Jun 26 - 9:32 AM

The Cavaliers, Bucks, Sixers, Celtics and Lakers reportedly have access to Joel Embiid's medical records, but several other teams may be attempting to buy them from those teams.

The whole story sounds a bit shady and illegal, but it may also be common practice prior to NBA drafts. In any case, it's still impossible to guess where Embiid and his surgically repaired ankle might be taken on Thursday night, as he potentially could be taken anywhere from No. 1 to No. 10 in the draft.
Jun 25 - 10:05 PM

The Celtics have reportedly had discussions with all five teams picking ahead of them in the draft about trading up, but for now it looks like they're content on picking 6th and 17th on Thursday.

In another "non-news" draft blurb, the Celtics have to be hoping that injured big man Joel Embiid falls to them at No. 6, assuming they keep the pick.
Jun 24 - 8:16 PM

Bucks owner Marc Lasry said the Bucks will not be drafting Joel Embiid at No. 2 in the draft.

"It's hard to take Embiid," Lasry said. "We want somebody who is going to help us on Day 1." This is fairly obvious and Embiid's injury makes the second pick slightly more valuable because there are two potential No. 1 picks instead of three. With reports of the Cavs going with Jabari Parker, the Bucks are likely to grab Andrew Wiggins. Of course, Wiggins' great workout last week could push him to the top spot.
Jun 23 - 9:25 AM

The Sixers are reportedly interested in landing Joel Embiid (broken foot) with the No. 3 pick in Thursday's draft.

The Celtics are hoping he's available at No. 6, but according to reporter Bob Cooney, the Sixers might grab him with the third pick. Embiid is expected to need 4-6 months to recover from foot surgery and the Sixers already have Nerlens Noel, who missed his rookie season due to knee surgery. It's hard to say whether the Sixers would really be willing to take a player who may miss next season, but Embiid's talent is enticing with or without the injury.
Jun 23 - 12:36 AM

If Joel Embiid is available with the No. 6 pick in this year's draft, Boston may be willing to take the risk and draft him.

Boston has struck gold with taking red-flagged, injured players in the past (Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger), and if the Boston medical staff clears Embiid, they could take the risk again. "We try to focus on the long-term health more than the short term when you’re dealing with draft picks," Austin Ainge said. "Free agency you might be a little different, but when you’re drafting kids that are 19, 20, 21, it’s usually best to think, ‘Two years, five years down the road, will it be a concern?’"
Jun 22 - 1:53 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Michael Carter-Williams
2Casper Ware
3Pierre Jackson
SG1Tony Wroten
2K.J. McDaniels
3Elliot Williams
4Alexey Shved
5Jordan McRae
SF1Hollis Thompson
2Luc Mbah a Moute
3Jason Richardson
4Ronald Roberts Jr.
PF1Nerlens Noel
2Brandon Davies
3Jerami Grant
4Arsalan Kazemi
5Jarvis Varnado
C1Henry Sims
2Arnett Moultrie
3Joel Embiid
4Hasheem Thabeet