Last season, Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game.
But the dominant two-way big man showed enough of his qualities to warrant the 76ers to offer him the £113m designated rookie scale max extension. If Embiid were to suffer a major injury, a catastrophic injury, couldn't go on, the Sixers would have to waive him, they would have to release him, for Embiid not to get that full $148 million. "He's just scratching the surface", Brown said after Monday's practice session. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to fix a torn meniscus in his knee.
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. If the Sixers are only protected on, let's say 10 percent of the deal, they're up a creek without a paddle if he's never able to remain healthy.
While Embiid's presence on the floor made the Sixers a drastically better team, it was his youthful and charismatic spirit that made him such a joy to watch. "You know, he will study [Tim] Duncan, or study KD, or another player, and all of a sudden it's a part of his game".
For the 76ers, a process that had been requiring mostly trust has become a commitment requiring $148 million.
But the flashes of brilliance have convinced Colangelo and ownership that Embiid was worth the risk. As soon as he hits that court, I can't name one person who's going to stop him.
"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."
He didn't pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. Off the hardwood, he's charming and gregarious, using social-media savvy to rise to his status as one of the league's most popular players. The team's gone through a tough and trying rebuild, drafting players like Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor to forge a foundational core that could keep the Sixers relevant and contending for many years.