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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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Joel Embiid said he was "surprised" by Wednesday's workload of 27 minutes.
Fantasy owners were also surprised, as coach Brett Brown said before the game that his minutes would likely be in the teens. Following his 18-point, 13-rebound effort, it sounds like the 76ers are going to be more flexible with his minutes going forward. "We’ve got to stop calling it 'minutes restrictions,'" Embiid said. "There’s a plan with that — it’s just go out and play. If you’re tired, get out because injuries happen more often when you’re tired." There will be nights when Embiid plays fewer minutes or sits out completely, but his fantasy owners have to be encouraged right now. Oct 19 - 9:57 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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Joel Embiid finished Wednesday's season opener with 18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and one block in 27 minutes of action.

He made 7-of-15 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs tonight, and even attempted four 3-pointers. Embiid's minutes were supposed to be limited to the teens as a precaution, but coach Brett Brown said afterward that it's "more of a plan ... than a [medical] restriction]." Even if his minutes stick in the 26-30 range, that would be more than enough for Embiid to mine fantasy gold. The next hurdle comes this weekend, when the Sixers play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.
Oct 18 - 10:17 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) will play in Wednesday's season opener against the Wizards.

Brett Brown said that he'll keep Embiid's minutes in the teens to start the season, so don't expect to see The Process on the floor for much more than 16 minutes tonight. Jahlil Okafor will likely pick up most of the center minutes while Embiid is eased into the rotation, and guys like Amir Johnson and Dario Saric could also spend some time at the five-spot.
Oct 18 - 11:10 AM

Joel Embiid said that he believes he'll play approximately 16 minutes vs. the Wizards on Wednesday night.

Embiid was upset when he was informed of coach Brett Brown's plan to keep him on a minute restriction "in the teens." Embiid told reporters after practice on Tuesday that he thought he would be playing at least 24 mins on opening night, based on how he felt in the preseason. "They know that I'm frustrated, but once again you've got to trust the doctors," said Embiid. "They care about me. It's all about the long-term view."
Oct 17 - 1:56 PM

Joel Embiid said that he feels great and hopes to convince coach Brett Brown that he can play more than 20 minutes a night.

On Monday, Brown said that Embiid would be limited to minutes "in the teens" at the start of the season. Embiid was unhappy when reporters informed him of Brown's comments. "I didn’t know about that. But that’s disappointing," said Embiid. "I feel great, and hopefully that changes based on this practice and tomorrow’s practice." Embiid added: "My body feels great and my knee is fine, I should play 30 minutes or more. I definitely have my opinion on that."
Oct 17 - 10:27 AM

Joel Embiid will likely be limited to minutes in the teens right out of the gate according to coach Brett Brown.

Embiid was back at practice on Monday after sitting out on Sunday with a minor left ankle sprain, so he's ready to go for the season opener on Wednesday. Brown refused to give a specific number in regards to Embiid's minutes, but his fantasy owners in season-long leagues should still feel confident about starting him. DFS owners may want to wait until his workload increases.
Oct 16 - 1:16 PM

76ers coach Brett Brown expects Joel Embiid (sprained left ankle) to practice on Monday and play in Wednesday's season opener.

Embiid sat out Sunday's practice due to the ankle sprain, in addition to ongoing rehab for his surgically-repaired left knee. The last thing his fantasy owners want to see is another injury just before the season starts, but fortunately it sounds like owners can keep him locked into weekly lineups. Check back for an update after Monday's practice.
Oct 15 - 11:56 AM

Joel Embiid scored five points with seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

The 76ers kept him to 15 minutes again, but Hassan Whiteside really fared well against him with Embiid making just 1-of-7 from the field. Stats aside, the most important thing about tonight for Embiid is his new Twitter beef with Whiteside. After you check out their Twitter pages (@JoelEmbiid, @YoungWhiteside), feel free to target Embiid around 30-40 in fantasy drafts as a risk/reward pick.
Oct 14 - 12:31 AM

Jerryd Bayless, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will start against the Heat on Friday.

The 76ers are probably not going to completely unleash The Process in this game, but he should have a chance to get around 15-20 minutes again. He looked unbelievably good on Wednesday, but nobody is worried about how Embiid looks when he's on the court.
Oct 13 - 7:14 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) will play Friday night vs. Miami.

Embiid was awesome in his preseason debut Wednesday night, tallying 22 points, seven boards and three dimes in just 15 minutes. It's a good sign that he didn't experience any setbacks and has been cleared to play on Friday. He will almost assuredly be on a strict 15-minute limit. If Embiid can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for him this season.
Oct 13 - 12:18 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee) scored 22 points in his preseason debut on Wednesday, making 4-of-9 FGs and 14-of-18 FTs in what coach Brett Brown called a "dominant" performance.

Embiid played with tons of energy and conditioning wasn't a big issue, despite his lengthy rehab -- he added seven rebounds, three assists and one block in a mere 15 minutes. He wasted no time getting some shots up tonight (including a Dirk Nowitzki-esque fadeaway jumper) and could duplicate last year's massive 36.2 percent usage rate, which is one reason he's so valuable on a per-minute basis. He remains the premier risk vs. reward player early in drafts.
Oct 11 - 10:44 PM

Jerryd Bayless, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will start against the Nets on Wednesday.

The Process is back on and he will make his preseason debut tonight. The 76ers are going to limit him to just 12-14 minutes tonight, but Embiid should dominate the ball while he's out there. If he can stay healthy this year, the 76ers could make some noise as a potential playoff team.
Oct 11 - 6:24 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee) will be available to play in Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Nets.

Embiid should be making his preseason debut tonight, although he'll likely be on a strict minutes limit. Still, it'll be great to see him get out there for a meaningless game, and he'll obviously be good to go when the regular season tips. Embiid will likely be dealing with various restrictions throughout the year, but as he showed last season, he doesn't even need to see the floor for 30 minutes a night to produce elite fantasy value.
Oct 11 - 1:25 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Nets.

Embiid has been ramping up his activities as of late, going through full-contact, full-court, 5-on-5 work, so the final step in his rehab will be getting out there for some actual game-time action. His minutes will likely be limited, but if he is indeed able to get out there for an exhibition game, he'll obviously be fine for opening night. The Process will come with a ton of risk on draft day, but if he's able to stay healthy, he could be the difference maker on a championship team.
Oct 10 - 2:36 PM

Joel Embiid (knee) has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $148 million extension with the 76ers.

The 76ers are going all in on The Process, so hopefully, he'll be able to reward them with a healthy season. As a guy with seemingly unlimited upside but just 31 career games under his belt through three years in the league, he's the epitome of a risk-reward pick as an early-round target that could make or break your fantasy season. Embiid has yet to make his preseason debut, but he has been cleared for full-contact, 5-on-5 work and is on track to be on the floor for opening night.
Oct 9 - 5:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Markelle Fultz
2T.J. McConnell
3Jerryd Bayless
SG1J.J. Redick
2Timothe Luwawu
3Nik Stauskas
SF1Robert Covington
2Justin Anderson
3Furkan Korkmaz
PF1Ben Simmons
2Dario Saric
3Amir Johnson
4James Michael McAdoo
C1Joel Embiid
2Richaun Holmes
3Jahlil Okafor