Joel Hans Embiid
Hailing from Yaoundé, Cameroon, Joel Embiid had other dreams before basketball. He had plans to play professional volleyball in Europe. Those plans changed when Luc Mbah a Moute, a fellow native of Yaounde and an NBA player, discovered a him at a basketball camp. Joel moved to the USA at 16 to hone his basketball skills. His power and size helped him capture a state championship his senior year and a scholarship offer from the University of Kansas.
Joel's impact was immediate at Kansas. in his one year, he was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors and named second-team All-Big 12. A stress fracture in his back caused him to miss the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. He slid in the 2014 NBA Draft to third where the Philadelphia 76ers claimed him. It would be two years before he would make his debut. But, in 2016, the whole world felt the return. He won three consecutive Rookie of the Month honors before a knee injury ended his season. 2017 he saw his first All-Star selection and playoff birth. Joel is one of the league's premier defenders, one of the last elite big men.
- In addition to English, Embiid is fluent in French and Basaa
- Joel is a teatollerI, abstaining from all alcohol
- He has a reputation as a bit of a troll, often taking to social media to do so.
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