Joel Embiid Bio: Age, Height, Girlfriend, Net Worth, Family and Basketball

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a brief college basketball career, he made his NBA debut during the 2016-17 season.

He has thrived through the odds all these years to become one of basketball’s fastest rising stars. He has signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers for $148 million. As of 2023, Joel has a net worth of $35 million.

Joel Embiid Biography

Birth Name

Joel Hans Embiid

Nick Name



16 March 1994


28 years old

Birth Place

Yaoundé, Cameroon

Birth Sign



Professional Basketball Player





Family Details

  • Father: Thomas Embiid (Served in the Army)
  • Mother: Christine
  • Siblings: Muriel Embiid (Younger Sister) and Arthur Embiid (Younger Brother) (Died at age 13)

Education and Early Career

Joel studied at a local school in his hometown. At age 15, Luc Mbah a Moute, another Yaounde native, and an NBA player discovered his talents and suggested that he would relocate to the United States.

He moved to the United States the next year and spent a year playing basketball at Montverde Academy before he was transferred to Rock School, a Christian academy, in Gainesville, Florida.

Thanks to his excellent gameplay, he got a full scholarship to the University of Kansas. He played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks for one year. In the season, he played 28 games, in which he averaged 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.4 assists, and 11.2 points. He was also one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year.

After that season he declared himself for the 2014 NBA Draft and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as their third overall pick. Due to injuries, he did not play in the 2014-15 season as well as in the following season.

After missing two seasons, Joel made his debut in the 2016-17 season for the Philadelphia 76ers playing at the center position. In his debut preseason match against the Boston Celtics on October 4, 2016, he recorded six points, four rebounds.

Joel Embiid Girlfriend

Joel Embiid has been in a relationship with Brazilian model Anne de Paula since 2018. They started dating each other after they met at a dinner party in 2018. Two years later, they welcomed their first child together, Arthur, in September 2020.

Joel Embiid and his girlfriend Anne de Paula
Joel Embiid and his girlfriend Anne de Paula

Body Statistics


7 feet or 213 cm


127 kg or 280 lbs

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Famous For

Playing for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the 2018-19 season, he played 64 games, in which he averaged a career-high 13.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 27.5 points.

Joel Embiid Net Worth

As of 2023, Joel Embiid has accumulated a net worth of $35 million. In 2017 he signed a five-year extension contract with the Philadelphia 76ers for $148 million with the ability to earn $30 million more for incentives.

Joel Embiid Facts

He is fluent in English, French, and Basaa, his native Cameroonian language.

In 2014. he was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

On 26 October 2016, Embiid made his NBA regular-season debut in the 76ers’ season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In that match, he recorded 20 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.

He was named NBA All-Star in 2018 and was selected to the All-NBA Second Team and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

On 20 February 2021, Embiid recorded a double-double with a career-high 50 points and 17 rebounds in the 76ers’ 112–105 win against the Chicago Bulls.