The story goes like this: You’re the best center coming out of college when you played for the University of Kansas. You are the No. 3 pick in the 2014 Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. You get sustain some foot injuries and miss the next two seasons, then make your debut after three years in the league. That year, you managed to only play 31 out of 82 games.
You get a spot on the 2017 NBA All-Rookie First Team for it and become “The Process.” Then you sign a 5-year, $148 million dollar contract extension with the Sixers for that much work.
Oh yeah, Joel Embiid is winning.
Not to mention the fact that the deal is based on incentives and can balloon up to $178 million if he meets certain requirements, like making any of the All-NBA teams or winning the NBA’s MVP Award.
The only way this large bag gets unsecured is of Philly waives him.
As for now, Joel continues to be one of the main faces of the team and most exciting young talents the league has for the future. If he can stay healthy and show that greatness we saw glimpses of last season, it’s a wrap. Especially since he’s playing alongside Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Šarić. That young core can be dangerous if they reach full potential.
The Eastern Conference is wide open and the 76ers can sneak in at the 8th spot.