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Report: Joel Embiid is set to have a restricted schedule in his debut NBA season

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Joel Embiid is really the first of his kind in the NBA.

Julius Randle missed virtually all of his first season in the NBA bar 14 minutes after breaking his leg on his debut for the L.A. Lakers against the Houston Rockets two years ago.

But to miss a full two seasons in the league, especially after being drafted third overall? That's basically unprecedented.

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The Cameroonian center was widely expected to the number one overall pick back in 2014 before he had to have surgery on a broken navicular bone in his foot.

Complications in his recovery meant he would need to go under the knife again, but now, he is finally reader to suit up for the Sixers.

According to a report by Keith Pompey of Philly.com, Embiid will be on a minutes restriction in 2016-17 and isn’t expected to play in back-to-back sets.

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That's not surprising. With the logjam of frontcourt players that Philly have - including number one draft pick Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric - Embiid doesn't need to out his body on the line from the get-go.

The 22-year-old has top-of-the-line two-way potential and if he is anything close to the shot-blocking star he was in college, he will be a massive addition for the Sixers next season.

Essentially, they may well end up adding two number one picks.

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Nerlens Noel
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Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
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Joel Embiid
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