One of the most talented big men to play for Kansas in recent years, Joel Embiid, will miss nearly a month for the Philadelphia 76ers as he undergoes orbital bone surgery.
The team announced Embiid’s injury, diagnosed as a concussion and orbital bone fracture, Thursday evening. The center left Wednesday night’s game against the Knicks after a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. The timetable for his return is not definite, but ESPN’s Zach Lowe says Embiid will most likely miss 2-4 weeks, which would put him in jeopardy for the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Pending the results of surgery, Embiid could return to play in 2-4 weeks, per league source. First round obviously in some jeopardy.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) March 30, 2018
While at Kansas, Embiid averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in his one season with the Jayhawks from 2013-14 and shot 62.6 percent from the field. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, but suffered a stress fracture in his back and did not play in any postseason games that season.
His NBA career has also been marred by injury — he missed his entire first season after being taken with the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft — but 2017-18 has been his best season yet. Embiid was averaging 22.9 points and 11 rebounds per game despite minutes restrictions and was named an All-Star.
Philadelphia is currently holding on to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.