Philadelphia 76ers’ center Joel Embiid will miss the entire 2015-2016 season after undergoing a second surgery on his foot to repair a stress fracture. Selected by Philadelphia with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Embiid’s 76ers debut will be put on hold for a second consecutive year.
Undergoing the procedure on Tuesday, the most recent setback has been classified as potentially career-threatening according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.
At just 21 years old, Embiid re-broke the navicular bone in his right foot as reported by the Inquirer on July 20. The second surgery was required after Embiid suffered a “setback” during his rehabilitation following the initial break.
Due to Embiid’s inability to remain healthy since arriving from the Kansas University, the Sixers drafted Duke’s Jahlil Okafor with the third pick in this year’s draft. Although general manager Sam Hinkie has received some criticism for drafting yet another big man, it seems that the selection of Okafor was a backup plan for the ailing Embiid.
Hinkie released a statement regarding the status of Embiid last Saturday.
“A collective decision has been made that the best approach to promote full healing would be to proceed with a bone graft of the fracture site,” said Hinkie. “We anticipate the procedure will take place in the next seven to 10 days and result in Joel missing the upcoming season.”
In his lone season at Kansas, Embiid averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.