Joel Embiid has become one of the best big men in the NBA this season, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. Before he was shut down indefinitely with a knee injury Monday, Embiid had the inside track on running away with the Rookie of the Year Award, which is crazy since he only started playing organized basketball six years ago. After one year at Kansas, he was the No. 3 selection in the 2014 NBA Draft and became more of a myth as he battled injuries up until finally making his long-awaited debut.
But now that he’s shown his promise on the hardwood, how much do NBA fans really know about the young star whose presence on social media has been a gift? Like, for instance, did you know that Joel Embiid tried getting LeBron James to join the 76ers? Or that his father was a handball player back in Africa? Here's all you need to know about the enigmatic Sixers big man.