Contract status: $206 million and change, guaranteed via brand spanking new supermax extension, which should keep him in Philly through 2027, unless of course he holds out and tries to force a trade.
When in the lineup, Joel Embiid is one of the five best players in the NBA. While Ben Simmons enjoyed most of the Defensive Player of the Year buzz last season, Embiid is still one of the best defensive players in the league; arguably the Sixers most important defender, because of the added value of his elite rim protection.
Per David Aldridge of The Athletic writing Thursday:
“Joel Embiid, 76ers: Embiid was hampered by the injury during Philly’s second-round seven-game series loss to the Hawks, but gutted it out to average 30.4 points and 12.7 rebounds against Atlanta. After a summer of rehab and rest, Embiid is a”full go,” per a league source, and will have a normal preseason load.”
The “Health” elephant now discussed, there’s also the “Ben Simmons” elephant in the room.
The good news is this…you can still grab some snacks and get to watch Embiid play hoops for another season.