Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid's extension proves upside is everything

Joel Embiid agrees to $148 million extension with 76ers

Embiid averaged 20 points on 46% shooting, 36% from downtown, with almost eight rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. This extension could be viewed as a vote of confidence toward his long-term health. But ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who first broke the contract extension, said that Embiid is going to get all of the $148 million unless he gets waived, which seems next to impossible right now.

Whenever Embiid does play, Brett Brown expects him to contribute heavily. Embiid, who the Sixers selected third overall in 2014, missed the first two seasons of his career with foot injuries. He plays the game with a passion not displayed by most others of his caliber and " ... does things on the court that remind me of somebody who is able to hear music and just play the song", said Sixers head coach Brett Brown during a media session on October 9. 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. But perhaps Embiid's most notable impact was the difference in performance for the Sixers when he was on and off the court.

He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season. How exactly that will be determined will likely be exceedingly complicated, though the initial guess would be it's a combination of straight guaranteed money combined with additional guarantees based on games-played benchmarks.

Embiid had adopted "The Process" as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities.

It appears the Philadelphia 76ers will continue to embrace "The Process" for several years to come. A potential lineup consisting of Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, and perhaps Dario Saric is something to keep an eye on in the weak Eastern Conference this upcoming season.

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But the flashes of brilliance have convinced Colangelo and ownership that Embiid was worth the risk.

"He deserves it. I'm really happy for him", said Jahlil Okafor.

"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."

Despite playing in just 31 games last season, Embiid's transcendent skills were obvious. The seven-footer arguably has the funniest Twitter page of all the National Basketball Association players, he's publicly tried to get with Rihanna on multiple occasions, and he has embraced a motto fans used to describe the franchise's transition from doom to hope.

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