Joel Embiid entered the NBA in 2014 as the No. 3 overall pick. However, due to a foot injury, the talented big man out of Kansas missed the first two years of his pro career.
Since making his debut in 2016-17 though, Embiid has shown the potential to become an all-time great at the center position. He holds career averages of 24.1 points and 11.5 rebounds in 202 games with the Philadelphia 76ers.
JoJo has seen plenty of different players go in and out of the Sixers organization since he was drafted. After all, it took a while for the franchise to become winners again following the Sam Hinkie-led “process.”
For this piece, we take a look at the best teammates Joel Embiid has played with in his NBA career thus far with the Sixers.
Simmons, like Embiid, missed his rookie season in the NBA due to a foot injury. However, he’s been an All-Star after making his debut during the 2017-18 season. Simmons won Rookie of the Year by averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists.
Embiid is putting up 24.8 points and 12.2 rebounds since becoming teammates with Simmons.
Covington and Embiid were teammates for four and a half years, though they only played together for two and a half seasons due to the big man’s injury issues.
The 2017-18 Sixers were fun to watch with Embiid, Simmons and Covington leading the charge. The team won 52 games and got to the second round of the playoffs, where they ultimately lost to the Boston Celtics in five games.
The Sixers had to trade Covington and fellow fan-favorite Dario Saric to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Butler during the 2018-19 season. Jimmy wound up being one of Embiid’s favorite teammates of all time.
Jimmy Butler averaged 18.2 points in 55 games with Joel Embiid and the Sixers in 2018-19 following his trade from Minnesota.
Unfortunately, Embiid had to watch Butler sign with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2019 instead of coming back to Philly.
Redick and Embiid shared the same locker room for two years. The veteran sharpshooter averaged 17.6 points and shot 40.7 percent from beyond the arc while playing with the Sixers.
On the other hand, the Cameroonian center put up 25.2 points and 12.3 rebounds in the two seasons he played with Redick. The Sixers sorely missed Redick’s shooting prowess before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19.
Redick signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in the summer of 2019.
The Sixers signed Harris to the richest deal in franchise history in the offseason of 2019 after acquiring him from the Los Angeles Clippers at the 2019 trade deadline.
Tobias is averaging 19.0 points since joining Embiid on the Sixers.