Joel Embiid

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Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid 2014.jpg
Embiid with Kansas in 2014
No. 21 – Philadelphia 76ers
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-03-16) 16 March 1994 (age 23)
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Nationality Cameroonian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school The Rock School
(Gainesville, Florida)
College Kansas (2013–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Joel Hans Embiid (/ˈɛl ˈɛmbd/ joh-EL EM-beed;[1] born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college basketball at the University of Kansas, he was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the 76ers. He has nicknamed himself "The Process" in response to a refrain from 76ers fans during the Sam Hinkie-era to "trust the process".[2][3][4][5]

Early life

Embiid was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, to military officer Thomas Embiid[6] and his wife, Christine. He had originally planned to play professional volleyball in Europe[7] but started playing basketball at the age of fifteen, modeling his game after NBA Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon.[6][7] Embiid was discovered at a basketball camp by Luc Mbah a Moute, a fellow native of Yaounde and an NBA player.[7][8] With Mbah a Moute serving as mentor, Embiid moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to devote himself to becoming a professional basketball player.[9]

Embiid enrolled at Montverde Academy, Mbah a Moute's alma mater, but transferred after his first year due to a lack of playing time.[7][10] Embiid then attended The Rock School, a Christian academy, in Gainesville, Florida.[10] As a senior, he led the team to a 33-4 record and state championship, averaging 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

He was a five-star recruit according to[11][12] and committed to Kansas in November 2012.[9]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Joel Embiid
Gainesville, Florida The Rock High School 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Oct 12, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 2, 1 (C)  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Kansas 2012 Basketball Commitments". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  • "2012 Kansas Basketball Commits". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  • "2012 Team Ranking". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 

College career

Embiid attended the University of Kansas for one year. On 13 February 2014, he was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year.[13] In 2013–14, he played 28 games, averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.6 blocks in 23.1 minutes per game.[14]

Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his back in March 2014.[15] He missed that year's Big 12 tournament and NCAA Tournament. Kansas lost in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

College statistics

2013–14 Kansas 28 20 23.1 .626 .200 .685 8.1 1.4 .9 2.6 11.2

Professional career

Embiid practicing with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014

2014 NBA draft

On 9 April 2014, Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[16] On 20 June 2014, he underwent surgery on a broken navicular bone in his right foot, and was subsequently ruled out for four to six months.[17] Six days later, he was selected with the third overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.[18] That selection made him the third Cameroonian-born NBA player after Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje and Luc Mbah a Moute, as well as being the highest selected player from Cameroon.[6]

Philadelphia 76ers (2014–present)

Injury-plagued seasons

On 26 August 2014, Embiid signed his rookie scale contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.[19][20] He was later ruled unlikely to play at all in the 2014–15 season due to the broken navicular bone in his foot.[21] After missing the entire 2014–15 season, it was announced on 13 June 2015 that Embiid had suffered a setback in his recovery after a CT scan revealed less healing than anticipated.[22] It was later determined that Embiid's chances of playing in the 2015–16 season were slim following a second round of surgery on his right foot on 18 August 2015.[23][24] He subsequently missed the entire 2015–16 season as well.

Rookie season (2016–17)

On 4 October 2016, Embiid started at center in the 76ers' first preseason game against the Boston Celtics.[25] In his first action, he recorded six points, four rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes en route to a 92–89 victory.[26]

On 26 October 2016, Embiid made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut in the 76ers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 25 minutes as the starting center, he recorded 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a 103–97 loss.[27] On 1 November, he recorded his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 103–101 loss to the Orlando Magic.[28] On 11 November, his 25-point effort helped the 76ers claim their first win of the season, defeating the Indiana Pacers 109–105.[29] On 19 November, he scored a career-high 26 points in 20 minutes in a 120–105 win over the Phoenix Suns.[30] On 1 December, he was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November.[31] On 18 December, he set a new career high with 33 points in a 108–107 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[32] On 3 January 2017, he was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December.[33]

On 11 January 2017, Embiid grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in a 98–97 win over the New York Knicks.[34][35] On 23 January, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, 16 January through Sunday, 22 January.[36] Two days later, he was named in the World Team for the 2017 Rising Stars Challenge.[37] On 2 February 2017, he was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in January,[38] while also being named a Taco Bell Skills Challenge participant.[39] On 11 February 2017, it was revealed that Embiid had a torn meniscus in his left knee, but that surgery would not be required.[40] As a result of the injury, Embiid was ruled out of the All-Star Weekend festivities.[41] After initially ruling him out indefinitely on 27 February with swellness in his left knee,[42] the 76ers issued a statement two days later announcing that Embiid would miss the rest of the 2016–17 season—an MRI on his left knee revealed that the area affected by the bone bruise had improved significantly, while the previously identified meniscus tear appeared more pronounced.[43] On 24 March 2017, he underwent successful minor arthroscopic surgery to address a meniscus tear in his left knee.[44] At the season's end, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.[45]

First All-Star appearance (2017–18)

On 10 October 2017, Embiid signed a five-year, $148 million designated rookie scale maximum contract extension with the 76ers, with the ability to earn an additional $30 million if he earns an All-NBA first-, second- or third-team selection, or is named MVP in 2017–18.[46][47] In the 76ers' season opener against the Washington Wizards on 18 October, Embiid had 18 points and 13 rebounds in a 120–115 loss.[48] Five days later, he scored 30 points in a 97–86 win over the Detroit Pistons.[49] On 30 October, he had 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in 25 minutes in a 115–107 win over the Houston Rockets, becoming just the third player to post such numbers in 25 minutes of play or less since 1983–84, joining Pau Gasol (2015) and Fat Lever (1990).[50] On 15 November, Embiid scored a career-high 46 points—the most by a Philadelphia player in 11 years—and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 115–109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[51] Embiid also had seven assists and seven blocked shots, making him the first NBA player with 40 points, seven assists and seven blocks in a game since Julius Erving did it for the 76ers against the Pistons in 1982.[51][52] Embiid shot 14 for 20 from the field and 16 of 19 at the free throw line, giving him the most points by a Sixers player since Allen Iverson scored 46 against the Chicago Bulls in November 2006. In addition, the previous 35 times someone scored at least 44 for the 76ers, it was Iverson.[51] On 18 January, he was named a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, becoming the first Philadelphia player selected as an All-Star starter since Allen Iverson in the 2009–10 season, and the first Sixers All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013.[53] Later that day, he scored 26 points and matched a career best with 16 rebounds in an 89–80 win over the Celtics.[53] He was subsequently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between Monday, 15 January and Sunday, 21 January.[54] On 10 February, he had 29 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds in a 112–98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.[55] Two days later, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between Monday, 5 February and Sunday, 11 February.[56]

National team career

Embiid is eligible to compete for Cameroon national basketball team.[57] On 7 February 2017, Embiid was named to the preliminary team to compete in the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket in the Republic of Congo,[58] with the group qualifier taking place in March, during the NBA regular season. Fellow Cameroon-born NBA player Luc Mbah a Moute has voiced his opinion on Embiid representing his country saying, "It would be great for our team, our country and Joel".[59] Embiid ultimately did not compete for Cameroon at AfroBasket 2017.[60]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2016–17 Philadelphia 31 31 25.4 .466 .367 .783 7.8 2.1 .9 2.5 20.2
Career 31 31 25.4 .466 .367 .783 7.8 2.1 .9 2.5 20.2

Career highs

Stat High Date Opponent
Points 46 15 November 2017 Los Angeles Lakers
Rebounds 16 Multiple times
Assists 8 12 December 2017 Minnesota Timberwolves
Steals 3 Multiple times
Blocks 7 15 November 2017 Los Angeles Lakers

Personal life

Embiid is the son of Thomas and Christine Embiid. His younger brother, Arthur, died on 16 October 2014 in Cameroon in a car crash.[61][62] He also has a younger sister named Muriel.[63] In addition to English, Embiid is fluent in French and Basaa.[64]

Embiid is known for his playful personality and social media presence, particularly for his trolling.[5][65][66] He is a teetotaler.[5]

See also


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  65. ^ staff (20 November 2017). "Joel Embiid takes troll game to next level in Philadelphia 76ers' win over Utah Jazz". NBA. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
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