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Joel Embiid | Center | #21

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 250
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (3) / PHI
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Joel Embiid (foot) has been cleared to start light scrimmaging in five-on-five settings, according to league sources.
While this still doesn't mean he'll be ready, this is a step in the right direction for the big man. The Sixers have already ruled the 22-year-old out of summer league, but we'll keep a close eye on his next steps. Embiid's progress over the summer will go a long way towards determining his fantasy value, but he'll likely end up being an intriguing high-risk, high-reward option in the later rounds on draft day. Jun 21 - 1:19 PM

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Bryan Colangelo said that Joel Embiid has been going through two-on-two and three-on-three work in "controlled situations."

"[Embiid's] done some things competitively, two-on-two and three-on-three in controlled situations," said Colangelo, "but the word 'controlled' is the key there. Everything's got to be done within the process set forth and the timeline set forth by the doctors." Embiid is 10 months removed from undergoing a second procedure on his right foot, but he will still not be allowed to participate during Summer League and Colangelo wouldn't say whether or not he'd be ready for the 2016-17 season.
Jun 14 - 6:48 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) will not play in summer league, according to GM Bryan Colangelo.

Colangelo had previously said the chances of Embiid playing were "nill," and now he's definitively ruled the big man out of the picture. While Embiid will be with the team in Las Vegas, he will not step on the floor for action. As an aside, Colangelo said Embiid has done some two-on-two and three-on-three work.
Jun 13 - 1:28 PM

General manager Bryan Colangelo said the likelihood of Joel Embiid (foot) playing in summer league "is nil."

He's still not officially out, according to the GM. "There’s no timeline. But until I hear a doctor tell me ‘No summer league,’ I will always say anything’s open," Colangelo said. Embiid has said he's healthy now and is looking forward to the 2016-17 season. He will certainly have plenty of restrictions on his road to recovery.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 10 - 5:12 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) declared himself healthy and is looking forward to the 2016-17 season.

"Wish we could fast forward to next season #FinallyHealthy #TrustTheNewProcess," Embiid posted on Instgram on Monday night. After two injury-plagued seasons, we'll have to see Embiid on the court before fully trusting that he's recovered. Embiid is unlikely to play in the summer league, so we may not get a look at the big man until training camp. Though it's believed he'll be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, Embiid will be a risky fantasy selection.
May 31 - 9:29 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) is still "unlikely" to play in the summer league according to a source of the Bucks County Courier Times.

We've heard nothing but positive reports regarding Embiid for several months now, but the 76ers don't believe that it would be "practical" for him to play 11 months after a bone graft procedure. Embiid can't afford another setback, so it's understandable why the 76ers are being so cautious. There should be a ton of updates this summer and it still sounds like he could be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.
May 20 - 9:12 AM

76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Joel Embiid's most recent scan revealed that he is on track in his recovery from the bone graft procedure he underwent in August.

The positive reports keep coming on Embiid, and it sounds like the No. 3 overall selection from the 2014 draft will finally make his NBA debut next season. "At some point prior to training camp, we’re hoping that he’s in a situation where he can play competitive basketball," said 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo. If the 76ers don't do anything with their plethora of bigs prior to the 2016-17 season, it could take a while for Embiid to produce steady fantasy value as he compete for minutes in Philly’s loaded frontcourt.
Source: NBA.com
May 19 - 5:12 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) tweeted that he'll be ready when the 2016-17 season begins.

Reports thus far on Embiid have been positive, and it sounds like he could potentially get on the court for Summer League this offseason. Head coach Brett Brown has said that Embiid will have a "serious minutes restriction" once he is able to get on the court, and he'll likely start behind Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel on the depth chart, so expect him to be brought along slowly in Philly.
May 18 - 10:14 AM

Joel Embiid (foot) was dunking and doing more basketball moves in a workout on Monday.

It does sound like he could be doing some 2-on-2 work soon after all. Embiid's workouts did include some emphatic dunks and a video (in link below) shows him with some agility on post moves. He did look a bit tired in the workout, so he still has a long way to go. We'll be watching closely for any definitive word of his 2-on-2 workouts this week.
May 16 - 7:24 PM

The 76ers declined to comment on the report that Joel Embiid (foot) has been cleared to participate in 2-on-2 drills next week.

A couple items on social media have surfaced about Embiid possibly doing some 2-on-2 work next week, but there won't be an official update. Coach Brett Brown was on an official team podcast this weekend talked about how Embiid is coming along nicely, but didn't mention the 2-on-2 workout. We'll be watching this closely all summer.
May 14 - 7:59 PM

Sixers head coach Brett Brown thinks Joel Embiid (foot) will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Brown expressed his optimism in saying it is his "strong belief" that Embiid will be ready for the first game of the 2016-17 regular season. While this could make for exciting news, we'll take Brown's optimism with a grain of salt and wait to see if the big man is able to play in summer league before getting too excited about his 2016-17 fantasy prospects.
May 10 - 1:53 PM

Joel Embiid worked out a few days ago, according to head coach Brett Brown.

"He's moving well," Brown said. "Everything is looking great right now." We would hope that Embiid is working out and not just sitting on the couch drinking Shirley Temples, so it's nice that Brown was able to confirm that much for us. Anything beyond that is still a giant question mark, and the Sixers have yet to state whether or not Embiid is expected to play in summer league.
Source: NBA.com
May 9 - 9:54 AM

76ers coach Brett Brown didn't rule out the idea of allowing Joel Embiid (foot) to play in the summer league.

"We're still monitoring how far along he is with his injury," Brown said. "I feel like as a staff [when we learn more from] the medical staff, we'll be able to make a stronger comment then." Brown added that Embiid is "most definitely on track with what we've been doing, physically." We've heard several positive reports out of Philly that Embiid is making excellent progress and it appears he's still on track to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Apr 15 - 9:23 AM

Sixers Chairman of Basketball Operations Jerry Colangelo think Joel Embiid (foot) will be ready to make a difference in 2016-17.

Embiid has yet to play an NBA game in two full seasons, but Colangelo thinks the big man will make an impact next season. "Knock on wood this is the year we get to see him play and he can be a real difference maker," Colangelo said. While Embiid has enormous potential, we'll have to wait and see how he looks in training camp before making an assessment on his fantasy prospects for next season.
Apr 7 - 10:39 AM

Joel Embiid (foot)can do everything but full-contact, full-court scrimmaging in practice.

The 76ers are still expecting him to miss Summer League in July. Embiid has been doing some rehab in Qatar, but he's back in Philadelphia now. After missing the first two seasons, perhaps Embiid can make his NBA debut in October. He'll be one of the more interesting storylines this offseason.
Apr 4 - 8:05 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1T.J. McConnell
2Kendall Marshall
SG1Nik Stauskas
2Timothe Luwawu
3Jerryd Bayless
SF1Robert Covington
2Hollis Thompson
PF1Nerlens Noel
2Jerami Grant
3Ben Simmons
4Christian Wood
5Shawn Long
6James Webb III
C1Jahlil Okafor
2Joel Embiid
3Richaun Holmes
4Carl Landry
5Elton Brand