Future Watch: Joel Embiid, Rookie Basketball Cards, 76’ers – The Philadelphia 76’ers Joel Embiid. selected Joel Embiid with the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He now leads all rookies in NBA scoring average.
Embiid played one year for Kansas where he earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. The 7 foot, 250 pound center was obviously an NBA ready player.
One scouting report had this to say about Embiid ahead of the 2014 NBA Draft. “Posted outstanding per-40-minutes numbers in his lone season at Kansas, averaging 19.4 points, 14 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks … An agile and mobile center, with nimble feet, good speed, great quickness, and vertical explosiveness … Excellent around the rim, scoring regularly on put-backs and alley-oops.”
Unfortunately, shortly before the draft, Embiid had surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. He missed the entire 2014-15 season. A subsequent injury set him back even further. As a result, he also missed the entire 2015-16 NBA season as well.
Joel Embiid is now healthy and dominating for the Sixers. The organization’s faith in him is paying off in a big way. He is currently posting, per-game averages of: 23.2 minutes, 18.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.2 blocks.
As a top three draft pick, Embiid has several rookie cards. However, collectors will have to go back a couple of years and purchase 2014-15 Panini NBA basketball products for the chance of pulling the leading NBA Rookie of the Year candidate.
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