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Joel Embiid
C - 7'0, 280lbs - 30 years old - 9 years of NBA experience
Philadelphia 76ers - Drafted 3rd overall in 2014
  • Birthdate: 03/16/1994
  • Drafted (NBA): 3rd pick, 2014
  • Pre-draft team: Kansas
  • Country: Cameroon
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Leon Rose/Michael Tellem (Creative Artists Agency)
2014 NBA DraftNBADrafted 3rd overall by Philadelphia.
26th August, 2014NBASigned four year, $21,736,792 rookie scale contract with Philadelphia. Included team options for 2016/17 and 2017/18.
28th October, 2015NBAPhiladelphia exercised 2016/17 team option.
26th October, 2016NBAPhiladelphia exercised 2017/18 team option.
9th October, 2017NBASigned a five year maximum value extension ($147,710,050) with Philadelphia.
Career Moves
2013 - 2014Kansas (NCAA)
June 2014 - presentPhiladelphia 76ers (NBA)
Articles about Joel Embiid

June 29, 2017

Joel Embiid
C, 7’0, 250lbs, 23 years old, 3 years of experience

Well, now. The talent is remarkable. The sheer speed at which he seems to have learnt everything is insane. So rarely can you visibly see a player improve from game to game. He is truly gifted. He is the LeBron James of centres. Except LeBron, of course, is famous for his durability. I am not a physician or a strength-and-conditioning coach and have no input worth a damn on what to do to stabilise Embiid’s career in this regard. But wrapping his limbs in thirteen-tog duvets, erring on the side of caution until about 2027 and then seeing where he is at seems duly appropriate.

Player Plan: One year of rookie scale salary remaining. Extension eligible, but needlessly risky with unproven health. Obviously two and a half years of the Embiid experience have not gone well, but the half that did….my God. With this in mind, keep until a limb falls off. Even then, it’s probably OK if it’s his left arm. Doesn’t need that one.

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April 5, 2017

[...] Take Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid, the league’s two best young bigs, both taking more than three three-pointers per game. Take wily old man Pau Gasol, shooting 54.7% from three point range and becoming what Mike D’Antoni had always encouraged him to be. Or take Pau’s brother Marc, with 97 made three pointers of his own coming on a 38.0% shooting efficiency. This is the new way, and while saying this in this space is not news, those above numbers are worthy of reflection.

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June 16, 2014

Long thumbs. #advancedscouting

Joel Embiid, Kansas, Freshman, 7'0 250lbs

2013/14 stats: 23.1 mpg, 11.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 1.4 apg, 0.9 spg, 3.4 fpg, 2.4 TOpg, 62.6% FG, 68.5% FT

Whenever people talk about Embiid, they like to mention Hakeem Olajuwon. They like to say things to the extent of, "while I'm not saying he's the next Olajuwon - there will NEVER be another Olajuwon - Joel Embiid reminds me of Hakeem Olajuwon", or words to that effect. The point is always to state that Embiid reminds us of Olajuwon without ever risking the blasphemy that automatically seems to accompany comparing anybody to a great one. It is pretty grating.

Someone should probably just come out and say that Embiid is going to be the next Olajuwon. There is plenty of reason to think it. Embiid looks to be simply one of the most natural players to have ever played the game. Someone so new to it should not be so good at it.

Obviously, there stands to be more seasoning, hence the foul and turnover numbers. But the skill level Embiid has gained when so young and so new to the sport is incredible. The touch on the hook shot, the positional sense, rotations, already decent jumpshot, discipline so as to not bite on fakes (which could be seen to be improved upon throughout the year), jumpshot form, the whole shaboodle. And his body type was almost designed for the purpose. With the size, frame, speed, footwork, body control, leaping ability, hands and touch, he has the perfect frame for an NBA team of strength and conditioning coaches to hone.

So let's just go ahead and say it. Unless injuries prevent it, Embiid will pretty much be the next Olajuwon. The comparison doesn't have to be perfect to be legitimate, and comparisons to the greats are not blasphemous when they have a basis. Hedging when you only have one year of information to go on is understandable, but it's all we're getting before the draft, and it's been enough to show how good he already is. Let's all hope Embiid's frame holds up, because if it does, a special player awaits.


If not, then, well. We're going to gain and lose a great one very quickly.

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