Joel Embiid Biography

Joel Embiid is well-known as a Cameroonian professional basketball player. He is an astonishing player who possesses mind-bending talent and personality plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. With his dashing personality and talent, he broke many records and got named for numerous awards and accomplishments.

Early Life

Joel Hans Embiid was born on 16th March 1994 in Yaoundé, Cameroon to his father, who was a military officer Thomas Embiid and his mother, Christine. Joel was originally interested in playing volleyball and pursue the sport as his full-time profession but later shifted his interest in playing basketball at the age of 15. He shared his childhood with his younger sister, Muriel, and younger brother, Arthur, who died on 16th October 2014 in Cameroon cause of a car crash.

Joel enrolled at Montverde Academy, Mbah a Moute’s alma mater. He later transferred and attended The Rock School, a Christian academy in Gainesville, Florida, due to his lack of playing time. He attended the University of Kanas for one year. Data regarding his primary and secondary education has been kept aloof.

Joel Embiid Career

Amazing Athlete was about to initiate his career in volleyball but changed his mind and started playing basketball. He began his professional basketball career at the age of 15, modeling his game in front of NBA Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon. Luc Mbah a Moute, who was a native of Yaoundé and an NBA player, discovered his talent at a basketball camp. At the age of 16, along with Mbah a Moute as his mentor, moved to the United States to become a successful and professional basketball player.

During his collegiate basketball years, he led his team to a 33-4 record and state championship, averaging 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game. As a five-star recruit, Joel got committed to Kanas in November 2012. In the year 2013-14, he played 28 games, scoring 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks in 23.1 minutes per game. In 2014, he suffered a stress fracture in his back and unfortunately missed the year’s Big 12 tournament and NCAA Tournament.


Despite his injury, he entered the 2014 NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers recruited him as their third overall pick. He made his debut in 2015-16 seasons averaging 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Later, he was named as the starter to the 2018 NBA All-Star game. In the game against New York Knicks, he got his left eye fractured and had surgery. On 20th February 2021, he recorded a career-high 50 points and 17 rebounds in the 76ers’ 112-105 win against the Chicago Bulls.

Social Media

In March 2021, Joel made an announcement to donate some amount from his wealth i.e., $100,000, his 2021 NBA All-Star Game winnings to various homeless shelter organizations in Philadelphia. Later on, the Philadelphia 76ers also donated $100,00 to the same organization. Handsome hunk is enjoying his social life full of fan buzz over all his social media platforms. The athlete has generated a fan following of 4.6 million followers on his Instagram account @joelembiid while on his Twitter account, he has gained around 1.8 million followers under the username @JoelEmbiid.

Joel Embiid Biography

Real Name Joel Hans Embiid
Birth Date 16 March 1994
Age (as of 2021) 27 Years
Birth Place Yaoundé, Cameroon
Nationality Cameroonian
Profession Basketball Player
Religion Not Known
Sun sign Pisces

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 12” – in Centimeters – 213 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 113 kg  –  in Pounds –  249 lbs
Chest Size 42 inches
Waist Size 40 inches
Biceps Size 16.5 inches
Shoe Size 16 (U.S.)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Type Athletic


Father Thomas Embiid
Mother Christine Embiid
Sister Muriel Embiid
Brother Arthur Embiid (Died in 2014)


School Not Known
College Kansas University

Relationship Status

Marital Status In Relation
Affair Yes
Is he a Gay? No
Girlfriend? Anne De Paula

Personal Life

Since 2018, Joel is in a romantic relationship with his girlfriend, Anne de Paula, who is a Brazilian Model. In September 2020, the couple was blessed with their first child, a baby boy. The athlete hasn’t revealed any details regarding their dating life. Moreover, it is not known if the couple tied knots with each other or not.

Joel Embiid Net Worth

76ers front office offered Embiid to be the face of their franchise, which was notable, and signed the 5-year contract for $147 million. he also is estimated to bring in approximately $6 million in endorsements. Including all his properties, assets, and incomes, his estimated net worth is $35 million. Forbes also had embiid listed at no.60 on their ‘The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2020’ list. At present, he is enjoying all the luxuries that he can afford and leading a happy life alongside his family.


  • Joel refers to himself as ‘The Process’ in response to a refrain from 76ers fans during the Sam Hinkie era to ‘Trust the Process.
  • On 13th February 2014, he was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith college player of the year.
  • Joel received Big 12 Defensive Player of the year honors and was named second-team All-Big 12.
  • He was honored with the Rookie of the Month for October and November 2016.
  • On 7th February, he was named to the preliminary team to compete in the 2017 FIBA Afro-Basket in the Republic of Congo.

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