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Joel Embiid | Center/Forward | #21

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 250
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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GM Bryan Colangelo said that he doesn't "think back-to-backs will be an issue" for Joel Embiid next season.
This is an encouraging development, but drafting Embiid will still be the ultimate boom-or-bust selection next season. When healthy, he's one of the more dominant and fantasy-friendly big men in the entire league. However, he’s only played in 31 of 246 possible games since the Sixers drafted him three years ago. No player will be more debated and disputed heading into 2017 fantasy drafts. Apr 14 - 1:44 PM

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Joel Embiid had successful minor arthroscopic surgery to address a meniscus tear in his left knee on Friday.

"The overall status of Joel’s lateral meniscus and his cartilage is very good, Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache said. "Today's procedure focused on removing a small portion of the meniscus that was responsible for his symptoms. The recovery program that has been established targets Joel transitioning back to full weight-bearing in approximately two weeks, at which point a conservative approach to his rehabilitation will be introduced." Embiid is expected to resume basketball activities this summer, so he should be a full go for training camp. There will be several updates on his progress throughout the offseason.
Mar 24 - 8:23 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee) will have surgery in the coming days.

The team officially confirmed what many have been expecting all month. Embiid's small tear in his meniscus will likely keep him out for Summer League, but he should be close to 100 percent for the preseason. The 76ers will have more details after the procedure is completed. Richaun Holmes will continue to thrive in his expanded role and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Mar 22 - 6:39 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) is "very likely" to have surgery, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

This confirms a previous report of Embiid likely to have surgery from earlier this month. Embiid has a small tear in his meniscus and it will keep the rookie out for the rest of the season. If he does have surgery, it will likely cost him about two months in his offseason program. Richaun Holmes will continue to thrive and has made a case he deserves minutes next year.
Mar 22 - 4:11 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) is expected to have surgery, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He is meeting doctors in Los Angeles this month and coach Brett Brown talked about it. "It's all on the table, trying to do homework," Brown said. "There's nothing like to me [that is] news in what I just said. We are just feeling it all [out]." With Embiid's partial tear in his meniscus, the doctors will try to determine if he should get a partial meniscectomy, a meniscal repair or a complex surgery with a longer rehab. Hopefully, this potential surgery won't affect his offseason too much.
Mar 11 - 4:09 AM

76ers coach Brett Brown believes that Joel Embiid (knee) will make a full recovery.

"I just feel very confident given what he's been through and what he's seen himself do on an NBA court, that we'll move on," Brown said, "He'll come out of this thing OK." The 76ers want Embiid's bone bruise to fully heal before deciding what type of procedure he will have on his meniscus tear, and they are going to consult with "leading specialists" on the best course of action. Embiid is in good hands and it sounds like he will be ready to go for 2017-18. Despite the durability concerns, The Process is expected to land a lucrative contract extension this summer.
Mar 2 - 9:48 AM

Joel Embiid (knee) has been ruled out for rest of the season.

"The assessment of Monday's follow-up MRI of Joel Embiid's left knee appears to reveal that the area affected by the bone bruise has improved significantly, while the previously identified meniscus tear appears more pronounced in this most recent scan," 76ers Chief Medical Director Jonathan Glashow said. The 76ers will continue to work with specialists on Embiid's knee while the team continues to talk about his long-term health. With Embiid out, Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes will see minutes at center and have some value in standard leagues. Dario Saric and Robert Covington have also stepped up.
Mar 1 - 3:04 PM

General manager Bryan Colangelo said the 76ers are hopeful Joel Embiid (knee) will return this season, according to the 76ers broadcast.

On the other hand, the team has made it very clear health and long-term performance is the top priority for their players. Basically, it sounds like a 50/50 shot we see Embiid out there again in 2016-17. As has been the case since January, the 76ers do not want to see any swelling or soreness on Embiid. He still had both on Monday and there hasn't been much improvement outside of him doing some light shooting. Richaun Holmes and Jahlil Okafor are both making strong case to be added in standard leagues. Robert Covington and The Homie Dario Saric have been huge winners, too.
Feb 27 - 9:15 PM

Joel Embiid has some swelling in his left knee and is out indefinitely.

Embiid is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday afternoon, so maybe we'll get a better update on his timetable after that. He was originally ruled out through Mar. 3, but it sounds like he's looking at an extended absence. The playoffs are basically out of the question for Philly, so the shut-down risk here is huge. The outlooks for Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes have improved with this report.
Feb 27 - 11:43 AM

Joel Embiid (left knee) is expected to miss the Sixers' next four games, following the recommendation of the team's doctors.

Embiid went through a full practice on Thursday but the Sixers are being extremely cautious, as expected. If he returned after four games he could play on March 3rd, but there are no guarantees -- it's worth noting that that game is the first of a back-to-back set. Embiid did say he had some swelling on Thursday morning, which obviously isn't good, but for now it sounds like Philly is just playing it safe. His owners just have to hold him in the hopes of a return in early March.
Feb 23 - 12:25 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) practiced in full on Wednesday, but he's not yet been cleared by the 76ers medical staff and is being listed as doubtful for the 76ers' next two games.

Embiid being able to scrimmage is obviously a positive, but the fact the Philly is listing him as doubtful after having the entire All-Star break to rest up is a bit concerning. Embiid is dealing with a minor tear to his meniscus, and while it's not something that's expected to require surgery, the 76ers will be taking an extremely cautious approach with their franchise cornerstone. For what it's worth, head coach Brett Brown said Embiid looked "fluid" and "moved well" on Wednesday.
Feb 22 - 12:18 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1T.J. McConnell
2Sergio Rodriguez
3Jerryd Bayless
SG1Gerald Henderson
2Nik Stauskas
3Timothe Luwawu
SF1Robert Covington
2Justin Anderson
PF1Dario Saric
2Ben Simmons
3Shawn Long
4Alex Poythress
C1Joel Embiid
2Jahlil Okafor
3Richaun Holmes
4Tiago Splitter