The Philadelphia 76’ers have announced that budding superstar Joel Embiid will be out indefinitely due to a left knee injury. Embiid will undergo an MRI before a timeline is announced on his return.
Embiid suffered the Injury on January 20th in the Sixers 93-92 win against the Portland Trail Blazers. Since then Embiid has missed 16 of the past 17 games including the last 11. Embiid was also forced to sit out All-Star Weekend, as he was set to play the Rising Stars Challenge and many believed deserved a spot in the All-Star game.
After taking Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Sixers fans have needed to ‘Trust The Process’ as Embiid missed two full seasons while recovering from a foot injury. This season Embiid has been one of the most influential players in the league, averaging 20 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 blocks in just 25 minutes per game.
Despite being a frustrating commodity, The Sixers have shown tremendous improvement with Embiid. The Sixers sit with a 22-36 record with 24 games remaining. A full 12 wins more than their total of last season.
The news of Joel Embiid comes just days after the 76’ers announced that their 2016 Number One draft pick, Australian Ben Simmons would not play a single minute in the NBA this season with a foot injury. Simmonds had a procedure to insert bone marrow into his foot in order to stimulate bone growth and speed healing.
If Embiid sits for the remainder of the season, he will have only played 31 out of a possible 82 games. So the question remains, Will Embiid win Rookie Of The Year? Joel Embiid has only played a total of 786 minutes this season. The previous winners of Rookie Of The Year with the least minutes were Kyrie Irving (1,558) and Vince Carter (1,760) who both claimed the title in lockout shortened seasons.
The Answer is yes. Embiid has averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and two assists with an incredible 24.2 PER. Embiid’s closest rivals are teammate Dario Saric who is averaging 11 points, six rebounds and two assists with an 11.8 PER and the Milwaukee Bucks backup point guard Malcolm Brogdon who is averaging 9.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists with a 14.1 PER.
In a disappointing Rookie Class, Joel Embiid has been so much better than his rivals it’s hardly funny. Embiid who almost made the All-Star game in his first season, could not play another game for the season and win Rookie Of The Year.