During his rookie season, Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks from just 25.4 minutes per game, while shooting an impressive 37 percent from three-point range. Now they're betting on that to hold, after reportedly handing him a 5-year, $148 million max contract that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season.
Since being drafted by Philadelphia with the No. 3 pick in 2014, Embiid's career has been hindered by injuries.
The real interesting aspect of this contract is the kind of injury provisions that have been put in place to assist the Sixers if Embiid were to miss a large portion of games. "He's just scratching the surface". Even with his injury history, it's nearly certain somebody would try to make the Sixers stay on the hook for the whole bit.
Embiid discussed his contract situation at Sixers media day a couple weeks ago.
Sixers coach Brett Brown saw a difference in his team during the time Embiid was available last season and sees plenty of upside. Such a talented player with such a youthful love, exuberance and enthusiasm for the game, betrayed by his body that is both a blessing and a curse; giving him the ability to be such a transcendent player but at the same time, limiting his time on the court where he can display his prodigious skill-set.
Embiid had adopted "The Process" as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities.
The Philadelphia 76ers are "trusting the process" to the tune of $148 million.
"I don't know what to say about that", Sixers point guard Ben Simmons of Embiid's contract.
According to Woj, the deal does include a salary protection for the Sixers if Embiid is unable to play due to injury.
But the flashes of brilliance have convinced Colangelo and ownership that Embiid was worth the risk. I can not wait to see him on the court, to play, to show who we really are.
"We all believe he can be one of the best players in the world".
The top two players in that draft, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, have played more games than Embiid.
"His physical presence; he does it with a defensive mindset, and he does it with an offensive target that is different than anything else that we have."Obviously, there are going to be people who question it just because he hasn't played that many games.