Joel Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays as a center for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. He was discovered at a basketball camp by Luc Mbah a Moute. At 16 he moved to the USA. Embiid joined The Rock School, in Gainesville, Florida.
Embiid attended the University of Kansas. In 2014 he was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year but had to miss Big 12 tournament and NCAA Tournament due to a stress fracture in his back. He was drafted with the third pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA draft.
Joel missed his first two NBA seasons due to a broken navicular bone in his right foot. On 26 October 2016, he made NBA debut against the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the season he won the Rookie of the Month award thrice before being ruled out for the season due to a meniscus tear in his left knee in late February.
On 10 October 2017, Embiid signed a five-year, $148 million rookie scale maximum contract extension. On 15 November 2017, Embiid scored a career-high 46 points with 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 blocks win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He was named a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
He made his playoff debut against the Miami Heat in game 3 of round 1.