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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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Joel Embiid (foot) was seen shooting free throws at Thursday's practice.
Embiid has been present at Sixers' practice for the last two weeks and has been allowed to shoot free throws and standstill shots. He still has several steps to go in his rehab from offseason foot surgery, however, and isn't expected to play in 2014-15, so he only belongs on dynasty league fantasy rosters right now. Dec 18 - 1:50 PM

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Joel Embiid (foot) has been allowed to progress to standstill shooting during practice, according to 76ers' head coach Brett Brown.

"He cleared the first layer,'' Brown said. It's unclear what other layers Embiid has to clear, but this is good news for the rookie as he rehabs his surgically-repaired foot. While it's unlikely that we'll see the rookie debut during the 2014-15 season, his fantasy owners in dynasty leagues have to be happy with this progress.
Dec 9 - 1:58 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) was taking free throw attempts at practice on Monday.

He is still extremely unlikely to be on the court this season. Embiid should be fine for the 2015-16 season and could be a sneaky pick in drafts. For now, Robert Covington has benefited the most as a stretch four with Nerlens Noel playing some center.
Dec 8 - 2:56 PM

Joel Embiid will not be at the 76ers game against the Celtics on Thursday due to the passing of his brother.

His coach Brett Brown, general manager Sam Hinkie, and teammate Luc Mbah a Moute will all be by his side. It's a sad and tragic loss for a promising young player with an engaging personality. The 76ers recently referred to Embiid as the "center of our universe" and they clearly are offering as much support as possible as he deals with the loss of his brother.
Oct 16 - 5:47 PM

Philadelphia 76ers' head coach Brett Brown referred to Joel Embiid (foot) as "the center of our universe."

While Embiid may not play during the 2014-15 season following his offseason foot surgery, it's nice to see Brown put so much stock in the 20-year-old. Embiid was seen dribbling without a walking boot during pregame warmups on Wednesday and has been receiving praise from his teammates for his work ethic. While he's not worth drafting in standard redraft leagues, Embiid should be a no-brainer target for fantasy owners in dynasty leagues.
Oct 9 - 12:42 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) has been keeping himself involved in Sixers' training camp and his teammates have been noticing.

Despite the fact that he may not play during the 2014-15 season, Embiid has been present and vocal at each of the Sixers' practices. "In camp he was involved even though he couldn’t play or anything," Luc Mbah a Moute said. "[He is] staying with the team and staying with the regimen. I think that’s good." Despite the praise from teammates, fantasy owners in standard redraft leagues shouldn't have Embiid on their draft boards.
Oct 9 - 9:53 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) was at Monday shootaround and was passing the ball to his teammates.

He was standing and didn't have a walking boot on his foot, so he's coming along nicely. Embiid is a question mark for the season, but expects to travel with the team. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 6 - 11:47 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) took a few shots from a chair on the court during Tuesday's training camp practice.

Teammate Nerlens Noel, who is well-versed in overcoming injuries as a rookie, said that he's been telling Embiid "it's going to be a while." The Sixers haven't ruled out Embiid debuting his year, but they'll take an extremely cautious tack and their lack of playoff hopes make it even more unlikely that we'll see the No. 3 pick this season.
Sep 30 - 4:56 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) said he is working on his rehab and hopes to travel with the team for all 82 games.

He also said he hopes to play this year, but has talked to Nerlens Noel about sitting out for the season. Despite how he could conceivably make his debut in early 2015, the 76ers are probably going to be very cautious. Unless you're in a deep league with an IR spot, he's probably not worth drafting.
Sep 29 - 12:03 PM

When asked if he wants Joel Embiid to play this season, coach Brett Brown said "of course I do."

It was thought that the 76ers would use 2014-2015 as a 'redshirt' year for Embiid, allowing his broken foot to heal fully. This is probably just coach speak coming from Brown, as the 76ers used the same rest plan for their first-round pick a year ago Nerlens Noel. The team is committed to building for the future and it is hard to imagine them rushing the third overall pick onto the court, especially in a year when they are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA.
Sep 25 - 2:14 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Michael Carter-Williams
2Tony Wroten
SG1Hollis Thompson
2K.J. McDaniels
SF1Luc Mbah a Moute
2Robert Covington
3JaKarr Sampson
4Andrei Kirilenko
5Jason Richardson
PF1Nerlens Noel
2Jerami Grant
3Furkan Aldemir
C1Henry Sims
2Joel Embiid