Joel Embiid, a skilled basketball athlete, possesses a staggering fortune of $85 million. The Philadelphia 76ers, an NBA team, selected him as the third overall pick in the 2014 draft. Remarkably, Embiid achieved the highest scoring record in the NBA during both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, becoming the first center to accomplish this feat since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000. Furthermore, his exceptional performance led to him being crowned the NBA MVP for the 2022-23 season, and the first-ever Cameroonian player to accomplish this feat.
1. Embiid’s Unlikely NBA Journey
Joel Embiid, born on March 16, 1994 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is the son of Christine and military officer Thomas. He comes from a family with a younger sister and a younger brother who tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2014. During his childhood, Embiid participated in soccer and volleyball, but it was at the age of 15 that he discovered his passion for basketball.
It was at a basketball camp where he caught the attention of NBA player and fellow Yaoundé native, Luc Mbah a Moute, who took him under his wing as a mentor. In pursuit of a professional basketball career, Embiid made the decision to move to the United States.
He initially enrolled at Montverde Academy in Florida, which happened to be Mbah a Moute’s alma mater. Subsequently, he transferred to the Rock School in Gainesville, Florida. During his time there, Embiid showcased his skills and leadership, leading the school’s basketball team to an impressive 33-4 record and securing a state championship title.
2. Embiid’s Sensational College Career
Having been recognized as a five-star recruit during his high school years, Embiid opted to pursue his collegiate career at the University of Kansas. Representing the Jayhawks basketball team in the 2013-14 season, he exhibited his talent on the court. Across 28 games, Embiid consistently contributed with an average of 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. His remarkable defensive prowess led to him being honored as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
3. Embiid’s NBA Impact
Embiid made the decision to forgo his remaining three years of college eligibility and entered the NBA draft in 2014 took basketball fans by surprise. Following a successful recovery from foot surgery, he was chosen as the third overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately, his foot issues persisted, resulting in him missing the entire 2014-15 season. Finally, in October 2016, Embiid made his long-awaited season debut in a loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After overcoming a series of injuries, Embiid has had the 76ers in playoff contention. However, they have been unable to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. This year, Embiid and the 76ers are playing inspired ball, and are one of the top teams picked by elite betting sites like FanDuel Sportsbook to win the Eastern Conference Championship.
4. Embiid’s Wealth
In the 2022-23 season, the 29-year-old Joel Embiid earned a salary of $33.6 million. This was the last year before his contract extension, which will soon commence, guaranteeing him an annual payment of nearly $50 million. The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Embiid to a supermax contract worth $213 million for four years.
5. Embiid’s Personal Life
Embiid’s romantic partner since 2018 has been Anne de Paula, a model from Brazil. They became parents to a son named Arthur two years later, with the name being a tribute to Embiid’s brother who passed away. Along with his personal life, Embiid is known for his efforts to combat homelessness in Philadelphia.