Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid

30-Year-Old CenterC
Philadelphia 76ers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
The 2022-23 MVP, Embiid was second in both per-game and total fantasy value to only Nikola Jokic. For the second straight season, Embiid led the NBA in points per game (33.1) and did so on an efficient 55/33/86 shooting. He rounded things out with 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals, making him the best two-way center in the league. We can't talk about Embiid without bringing up his injury history, but he's been relatively healthy lately. He played 68 games in 2021-22 and 66 games last season -- the two best marks of his career. And with so few stars lacing them up for all 82, Embiid's missed games aren't as impactful as they were at the start of his career. Looking to this season, Embiid will again be Philadelphia's No. 1 option and an MVP candidate. However, things are murky with James Harden, who has demanded a trade. It's not clear if he'll show up to training camp. If he doesn't play for the 76ers, that could mean even more usage for Embiid. Either way, the center is worth a pick in the first half of the first round. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $151.96 million contract extension with the 76ers in August of 2021. Contract includes $58.16 million player option for 2026-27.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Joel Hans Embiid was born in Yaounde, Cameroon, to Christine and Thomas Embiid. He formed an early interest in volleyball and initially planned to play the sport professionally in Europe. However, Embiid took up basketball when he was 15 and moved to the United States at age 16 to focus on the sport. He enrolled at Montverde Academy and later transferred to The Rock School, in Gainesville, Florida. There, he posted per-game averages of 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots as a senior, helping his team to a state championship. That year, Embiid played in both the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoops Summit. After one year at the University of Kansas, Embiid reached the NBA, becoming the third Cameroonian-born player in league history. Since joining the Association, Embiid has performed numerous charitable acts. In 2018, he participated in the NBA Africa Game and Basketball without Borders camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. That year, he also handed out goodies and spent time with 200 local children at a Philadelphia-area Boys & Girls Club. In 2020, Embiid donated $500,000 to COVID-19 relief and teamed with Sixers' Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer to make a $1.3 million donation to Penn Medicine for Critical Support of Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19. Learn more about Embiid by following him on Twitter (@JoelEmbiid) and on Instagram (@joelembiid). Embiid played for Kansas for one season, the 2013-14 campaign. The seven-foot center came off the bench for the first eight games of the season and scored in double digits four times. After a loss to Colorado, coach Bill Self inserted Embiid into the starting lineup against Florida. He started 15 conference games and averaged 11.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. His many standout games included a 13-point, 11-rebound, eight-block performance in a win over Oklahoma State. During that lone season, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.6 blocks despite playing just 23.1 minutes per game. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Big 12 Second Team, as well as the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. Prior to the postseason, Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his back and did not play for the Jayhawks in either the Big 12 or NCAA Tournament. After his freshman season, Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA Draft and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the third overall pick.

Big effort not enough Thursday
CPhiladelphia 76ers
May 3, 2024
Embiid provided 39 points (12-25 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 13-13 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 40 minutes before fouling out of Thursday's 118-115 loss to the Knicks in Game 6 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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Embiid was clearly not 100 percent healthy throughout the series, and the limitations were more noticeable as the series progressed, though he still posted outstanding stat lines, scoring 29 or more points in four of the six contests. He also recorded three double-doubles and a triple-double, but he couldn't do the heavy lifting on his own in the games where Tyrese Maxey struggled. Between the Play-In win over the Heat and the first-round series against the Knicks, Embiid averaged 31.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.3 blocks across 41.0 minutes per game.
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How does Joel Embiid compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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64.4%
 
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Offensive Rebound %
7.9%
 
Defensive Rebound %
28.7%
 
Total Rebound %
18.2%
 
Assist %
32.9%
 
Steal %
1.5%
 
Block %
4.6%
 
Turnover %
10.5%
 
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39.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
61.1
 
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1.8
 
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Late March could be realistic
CPhiladelphia 76ers
February 27, 2024
Embiid, who is currently recovering from meniscus surgery, could be able to return to action by late March, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Embiid returning in late March would be a best-case scenario, while marking approximately two months since he suffered the injury on Jan. 30 against Golden State. If he can return in that timeframe, it's unclear if he would be operating near his full potential. The 76ers are 7-16 without Embiid this season.
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Last season was the best of Embiid's career, thanks, in large part, to his ability to stay healthy. The center played a career-high 68 games while averaging career highs in points (30.6), assists (4.2) and steals (1.1) and adding 11.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 33.8 minutes. Embiid ranked second in MVP voting and was second-team All-NBA for a second straight season. In fantasy, Embiid ranked third in both total and per-game production. In raw totals production, 2021-22 marked the first time Embiid ranked higher than 13th due to issues staying on the court. Those concerns remain, but Embiid's upside ensures that he's worth a first-round pick, especially given that the only center better in fantasy basketball is Nikola Jokic, and center is a position of scarcity. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect much to change for Embiid in 2022-23. An entire season from a reportedly revitalized James Harden could, in theory, decrease Embiid's usage. Tyrese Maxey is also bound to make strides. But, Embiid is the offense's driving force and can dominate the game from any area of the court. He had the second-highest usage rate (37.2%) in the NBA last season.
Embiid is coming off a 2020-21 season in which he finished second in MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic. In 31.1 minutes per game, Embiid averaged 28.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 combined blocks-plus-steals. He also posted a career-high true shooting percentage (63.6) by a significant margin. The result was him finishing as the fifth-best fantasy player on a per-game basis. However, he continued to miss time with injury and appeared in just 51 games, limiting his total fantasy production to 16th overall. Injuries are still the overarching theme with Embiid, as his career high in games played is 64 (2018-19). He's a top-five fantasy talent but will often slip to the end of the first round due to the concern. Heading into 2021-22, not much should change regarding Embiid's role, and there's potential for him to see more usage if Ben Simmons is traded, as has been rumored all offseason. That could create better floor spacing for Embiid to work in the post. Even if Simmons doesn't get dealt, Embiid will still presumably put up MVP-caliber numbers as one of the best two centers in the NBA.
Embiid took a small step back in 2019-20, though it was mostly due to a reduced workload, seeing about four fewer minutes per game than he did in 2018-19. The injury woes persisted as well, with Embiid missing 22 games. Even so, he was one of the best centers in the league, being named to his third consecutive All-Star game and averaging 23.0 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 threes and 0.9 steals. The scene of the 76ers has changed around him and co-star Ben Simmons, as coach Brett Brown was fired and Doc Rivers was brought in for the 2020-21 campaign. Daryl Morey was also hired as general manager, who quickly acted by dumping Al Horford and Josh Richardson for Danny Green and Seth Curry to increase spacing. Still, that likely won't mean a huge shift in role for Embiid, and we can still expect him to be a 20-and-10 machine. For fantasy managers, the tough part about considering Embiid is where to draft him given his injury potential. He's been putting up top-20 numbers since his rookie campaign, but lost time can make him the equivalent of a third or fourth-round selection, as he ranked 43rd in total production in 2019-20 for eight-category leagues.
Embiid is coming off his second consecutive All-NBA selection, and he made significant strides as a scorer in 2018-19. He upped his field-goal attempts by 2.1 per game while also increasing his free-throw attempts by 2.7 per game. The end result was a scoring average of 27.5, which was good for fourth-highest in the NBA. Embiid also finished second in rebounds per game (13.6) and sixth in blocks per game (1.9). His next step as a player is improving his three-pointer. While Embiid launched 4.1 shots per game from deep in 2018-19, he converted them at a rate of just 30.0 percent. The 76ers have undergone some roster changes over the summer, signing Al Horford and trading Jimmy Butler to the Heat. The addition of another big man to the starting lineup has the potential to affect Embiid's production. Horford's ability as a floor spacer should ensure that he's out of Embiid's way in the post, but it seems possible that Embiid's rebounding could take a dip. Even if that's the case, Embiid still figures to be an All-NBA selection and fringe MVP candidate assuming he stays healthy. The main concern for Embiid's fantasy value has been, and may always be, his health. He was drafted in 2014 but didn't debut until 2016 due to injury, and he's appeared in just 158 of 246 possible games since then. Drafting Embiid in fantasy practically guarantees elite production at center, but he might never play more than 65 games in a season.
After playing in just 31 outings as a rookie, Embiid was able to more than double his amount of games played in 2017-18, taking the court for 63 contests. The 76ers also felt more and more comfortable getting their big man extended run and after being brought along slowly early on in the season, Embiid ended the year averaging 30.3 minutes. He turned that into his first full season of averaging a double-double, finishing with 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks. Those numbers placed him 15th in the league in scoring, ninth in rebounds and sixth in blocks, while it also earned him his first selection as an NBA All-Star. In addition, Embiid was a capable floor stretcher, knocking down 1.0 three-pointer at a 30.8 percent clip. That wasn't the most efficient number, but still forced defenses to extend to the perimeter and not sag in the lane. Looking forward to the upcoming campaign, Embiid should be in line for a similar role and could actually see another slight uptick in his workload now that he's further away from the foot injuries that plagued him previously. Obviously, one of Embiid's biggest downfalls is his health, so the risk of him missing double-digit games is always on the table. However, his elite production in multiple categories, as well as the fact that Embiid finished second in the league in usage percentage behind James Harden last year, should bring him into consideration to be a top-5 center off the board. He would benefit with increased efficiency from the three-point line, as well as the charity stripe, but with another offseason to hone in on his shot, Embiid will be an elite Fantasy asset.
After two years on the sidelines struggling through foot injuries, Embiid finally took the floor in 2016-17. The third pick in the 2014 draft was a revelation as a rookie, ranking as a top-40 per game Fantasy performer, despite averaging only 25.4 minutes per game. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and ranked third in the league in blocks per game with 2.4. Unfortunately, he saw action in only 31 games. From the start of October until January 20, Embiid rested for one game of each back-to-back set, plus four additional planned rests. He played under a soft 24 minutes per game cap to start the season, which was quickly increased to a soft 28 minutes per game cap. Then, on January 20th, Embiid suffered a “knee contusion”. He missed a week, then played well in a nationally televised game that would turn out to be his final game of the season – though Fantasy owners were strung along until March 1st, when official announcement of the end of his season finally came. It was later revealed that the initial injury was more than just a contusion, and he would eventually undergo surgery in March that removed a small portion of his meniscus as part of the treatment for a meniscus tear. As of August, reports indicate that he is progressing through his recovery well, though the 76ers front office injury reports should not be taken at face value when they involve their franchise prospects. In both the cases of Embiid and Ben Simmons (foot), throughout 2016-17 the 76ers front office routinely provided information that would later turnout to have understated the significance and recovery timetable of the stars’ injuries. Whenever he is healthy, Embiid is the unrivaled starting center, as he is already better than even the most optimistic projections for Jahlil Okafor or Richaun Holmes. Embiid is a dynamic star with top-10 Fantasy potential when healthy, but he is a major injury risk. He is likely to deal with planned rests and minute restrictions, though he can be an incredible contributor even in limited minutes. The 76ers have realistic playoff ambitions this season, which could help minimize the rests and lead to an increased workload, but the team is still likely to prioritize Embiid’s long term health over their immediate success.
It’s been more than two years in the making, but it appears Embiid is finally ready to make his NBA debut. Following a spectacular freshman season at Kansas in which he elicited Hakeem Olajuwon comparisons, Embiid was selected No. 3 overall by the 76ers in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 76ers drafted Embiid with the understanding that he had an existing stress fracture in his right foot, but the seven-footer’s immense upside still made him too tempting to pass up. That said, the organization likely wasn’t prepared for how problematic the center’s foot issues would ultimately prove to be. He was sidelined for the entire 2014-15 season after undergoing foot surgery and endured more complications in his recovery than expected, requiring a second procedure on the foot last August that sidelined him for the 2015-16 campaign. Fortunately, the rehab process has gone much more smoothly for Embiid this time around, as he was cleared to begin working out in December and has steadily increased his on-court activities throughout the summer. Embiid has claimed that his foot is now fully healed heading into training camp, and though the team brass has indicated he won’t be subjected to any medical-related limitations in his rookie season, the big man will likely face minute restrictions on some level while he works to regain conditioning following the lengthy layoff. Additionally, Embiid will have to contend with former first-round picks Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel for playing time at center, though one of those two players could eventually get shipped elsewhere to clear out the logjam in the frontcourt. Despite his lack of game action the last two years, the hype still remains high for the talented Embiid, but the 76ers aren’t counting on him to immediately emerge as a nightly double-double threat. Instead, the main goal seems to be simply getting Embiid through the season with his health fully intact, an achievement that would go a long way toward convincing the organization that he’s a worthy building block for the long haul.
Undergoing foot surgery a week prior to the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid was selected third overall by the 76ers and didn't play a single game last season. A second foot surgery for a navicular stress fracture this August will sideline him a second straight season. During his lone season at Kansas, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.6 blocks in 23 minutes per game while shooting 63 percent from the field and 69 percent from the free-throw line. Embiid embarked on his journey to the NBA at the age of 17 when former teammate and current free agent Luc Mbah a Moute spotted him at a basketball camp. The healing in Embiid's foot has been stymied by his still growing and developing body. Also, Embiid reportedly skipped steps in the rehab process, and his weight became a concern during the middle of the season, drawing question marks about his commitment level. Navicular stress fractures have a long-standing history of drastically handicapping a player's career, from Bill Walton to Yao Ming, and Embiid must wait until the 2016-17 season before playing his first game in the NBA.
Joel Embiid is entering his rookie season in the NBA, having been drafted with the third-overall pick this June. In his only season at Kansas, he averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.6 blocks in 23 minutes per game through 28 games played. He shot 63 percent from the field on 6.1 attempts per game and 69 percent from the free-throw line on 5.1 attempts per game. Embiid shows strong instincts on both sides of the ball, but his game unpolished in some respects, in part because he has only played organized basketball for three seasons. Offensively, he has shown great talent as a finisher, scoring on 76 percent of his attempts at the rim. Defensively, he is a strong rim protector and won All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. His biggest weakness is his relatively poor performance when he played against larger big men in college. Embiid is often compared to Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, but due to his struggles to remain healthy, he is also occasionally compared to Greg Oden. Embiid had surgery on his right foot in June, and the earliest projections for recovery would allow him to return to the court in March. In light of how the 76ers handled the recovery of Nerlens Noel last season, it's likely that Embiid will not play at all this season.
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Available for Game 6
CPhiladelphia 76ers
May 2, 2024
Embiid (knee) is available and starting in Game 6 against the Knicks on Thursday.
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Questionable for Game 6
CPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
May 1, 2024
Embiid (knee) is questionable for Game 6 against the Knicks on Thursday.
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Triple-doubles in win
CPhiladelphia 76ers
May 1, 2024
Embiid ended with 19 points (7-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 16 rebounds, 10 assists, four blocks and one steal in 48 minutes during Tuesday's 112-106 overtime win over the Knicks in Game 5 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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Will play in Game 5
CPhiladelphia 76ers
April 30, 2024
Embiid (knee/migraine) is available for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Knicks.
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Misses shootaround Tuesday
CPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
April 30, 2024
Embiid (knee) sat out of Tuesday's shootaround due to a migraine, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports.
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