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2019 Top 10 NBA Players, #9 Joel Embiid

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Joel Embiid Biography: Professional Career

Let’s start with Embiid’s stats:

  • 2× NBA All-Star (2018, 2019)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (2018, 2019)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2018, 2019)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2017)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2014)
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2014)
  • Big 12 All-Newcomer Team (2014)

2014-Present – Philadelphia 76ers

After forgoing his final three years of college eligibility, Embiid decided to make himself available for the 2014 NBA Draft.

The player ended up getting selected as the third overall pick by the Sixers.

This made Embiid the third NBA player from Cameroon after Luc Mbah a Moute and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje.

2014-15 and 2015-16 Seasons

His run at the NBA didn’t started on a positive note as the player suffered a broken navicular bone injury in his foot, forcing him to miss the full season.

And, despite some hope, Embiid suffered a setback in his recovery, and this forced him to also miss the full 2015-16 season as well.

2016-17 Season - A Late Rookie Year

Embiid started his official run at the NBA during a preseason game vs the Celtics, and just two months later, in December 2016, he was already being named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month.

The player continued performing at his best, and even got invited to the Rising Stars Challenge, and the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

But Embiid suffered a torn meniscus injury in his left knee just after these events, ruling him out of the All-Star Weekend festivities.

However, at the end of the season, he was name to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

2017-18 - First All-Star Appearance

Looking to the future and resting importance to Embiid’s previews injuries, the Sixers agreed to hand the player a 5-year contract extension worth $148 million.

And Embiid proved that he was worth it every single penny the team paid for him!

Clear proof were his 46 points on November 15 during a 115-109 victory over the Lakers.

These 46 points meant a career-high for Embiid, and it was also the most points scored by a Philly player in eleven seasons.

He also came up with 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks, turning Embiid into the first league player to come up with 40 points, 7 assists and 7 blocks during a single game since Julius Erving did it back in 1982 with the Pistons.

And on January, he was named a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, making him the only Sixers player to get these honors since Allen Iverson was called to also be a starter during the 2009-10 season.

He was also the first All-Star since Jrue Holiday received the call back in 2013. Then, on March 2019, Embiid suffered an orbital fracture on his left eye, and remained out of the courts for the next two weeks. The player missed the first two matches of his team’s first-round postseason series to the Miami Heat.

He proved immediately effective on his game 3 return, helping Philly to take a 2-1 lead after a 128-108 victory, which included 23 points by Embiid.

The player was also crucial on the subsequent games, allowing his team to advance to the second round after taking Miami down 4 games to 1.

And even though Embiid and the rest of the Sixers players performed well versus the Celtics, it was Boston who acquired the ticket for the following round after defeating Philadelphia in five matches.

2018-19 Season

Embiid started this season with a great record: He joined a group of seven players, including him, to have acquired 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks in his first 100 games.

He also became the only 76ers player after Wilt Chamberlain to have recorded multiple triple-doubles in the same season.

The player also ended up losing a few games (a total of 14) at the end of the season due to rest and injury.

The Sixers made it to the playoffs, where they eliminated the Nets to then losing to the Raptors in seven games at the next round.

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