Trust the … lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

Trust the … lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

He calls himself "The Process."

He is a main piece of The Process.

And now there's a Lego version of The Process' poster child.

Yes -- thanks to Redditor user dweg1999 -- we have a picture of what Joel Embiid would look like if, yes, he was built of Legos.

After sitting out his first two years in the NBA because of injuries, Embiid burst onto the scene and became an instant star for the Sixers. A piece they can build around both on the court and off it. He's charismatic who knows how to use social media.

Embiid is a special blend of greatness on the court and marketable off it. If he can stay healthy -- his season was cut short because of another one and he will be limited again in 2017-18 -- the Sixers have their guy to build around. Add in a Ben Simmons, a more experienced Dario Saric, potentially two more lottery picks -- at least one more -- and next season will be a whole lot of fun.

But for now, as we wait for the May 16 draft lottery, we are stuck checking out Lego versions of Joel Embiid. If only we were that good with Legos ourselves.

Sixers 2016-17 player evaluation: Joel Embiid

Sixers 2016-17 player evaluation: Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid

Position: Center

Status for 2017-18: Guaranteed -- $6,100,266

Embiid in 2016-17
The season that could have been.

Joel Embiid burst into his first NBA season and poured everything onto the court he had bottled up over the past two years of injuries. He dominated across stat sheets: 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Remarkably, he put up those numbers while being capped at a maximum of 28 minutes. 

His production put him in the running to earn a spot on the All-Star team (and possibly snag that celebrity date). Embiid came up short, finishing third in fan voting, fifth in media votes and eighth by players. 

All the excitement of his breakout season came to a halt, though. Embiid suffered a bone contusion in his left knee on Jan. 20. An MRI revealed a meniscus tear, which eventually required surgery in March. The combination of the season-ending injury and his not playing in back-to-back contests limited Embiid to 31 games.

Throughout it all, he never let injuries get in the way of a good social media post.

Signature game
Embiid scored a career-high 33 points against the Nets on Dec. 18, but I am going with another performance based on the level of competition. On Jan. 27, his final game of the season, Embiid dropped 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 28 minutes in a loss to the Rockets. He shot 11 for 20 from the field, 4 for 6 from three and 6 for 6 from the line. This game came a week after Embiid suffered the bone contusion. 

Looking ahead to 2017-18
Embiid will spend yet another offseason rehabbing from an injury. The Sixers expect him to begin basketball activities this summer. 

"It was a simple meniscectomy and we moved forward," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said last week. "Everything is now, basically, cut in half in terms of recovery time, in terms of the things that he needs to go through." 

Embiid is up for a contract extension this summer. This situation would have been a no-brainer if he had been healthy all season. The Sixers now have several options to consider: offer the max, offer a lesser percentage as the Warriors did with Steph Curry when he was dealing with injuries, or wait for restricted free agency. 

Once he is back on the court next season, Embiid will be the Sixers' centerpiece. They will look to him as the defensive anchor and an offensive threat to spread the floor with his long-range shooting abilities.

It is likely the Sixers will monitor Embiid again with a minutes restriction. Brett Brown deemed the possibility of Embiid's playing all 82 games as "wildly ambitious." 

On Embiid
"I feel like he was borrowed."

- Brown on Embiid's season being cut short

"He is a game-changer. He is an All-Star level talent. He is one of the foundational pieces that we look to build with and around. There's no doubt."

- Bryan Colangelo

Motivated by Joel Embiid, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot became a 'keeper' for Sixers

Motivated by Joel Embiid, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot became a 'keeper' for Sixers

When the Sixers drafted Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot with the 24th overall pick in 2016, there was some confusion.

For months leading up to the draft, the experts left the "Cabarrot" off their scouting profiles. Then, commissioner Adam Silver announced his full name on draft night. The confusion didn't stop Luwawu-Cabarrot from having a productive rookie season with the Sixers.

But things came along slowly for the 21-year-old Frenchman. He barely saw the court for the first 30 games of the season. He even played three games in Delaware with the Sixers' D-League affiliate. He took a lesson from one of his new teammates, Joel Embiid.

"Patience," Luwawu-Cabarrot said when asked what he learned from Embiid. "He was out for two years, he came back strong. He was working. That's respectable. He was out for two years and then when he came back, he was strong. He was ready."

Still, this wasn't entirely new to Luwawu-Cabarrot. As a young professional player, he barely saw the court in the French LNB League, spending most of his time in the B league. It was in the Adriatic League with Mega Leks in the team's uptempo offense that Luwawu-Cabarrot's athleticism came through and got him noticed by NBA teams.

The Sixers think they may have gotten a steal at No. 24.

"Look at Timothe's stats after the All-Star break and the minutes that he had and the volume of points that he was able to score after that experience," head coach Brett Brown said, after referring to the young swingman as a "keeper."

"We had a young player in Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot who came on and really established himself as a factor," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.

The Sixers were hit with a rash of injuries which forced Luwawu-Cabarrot into action. By Game 65, he became a fixture in Brown's starting lineup. And Luwawu-Cabarrot was ready.

Over the last seven games of the season, Luwawu-Cabarrot began to look like a "keeper" for the Sixers. He averaged 18.4 points and 1.7 steals a game, showing off his slashing ability on offense and his quickness and length on defense.

"[Luwawu-Cabarrot] really kind of grew up in front of our eyes these last couple months," veteran guard Gerald Henderson said. "He's got a great work ethic and he's a good kid so he's got a chance to be a really, really good player."

The biggest focus for Luwawu-Cabarrot in the offseason will be his jump shot. He made just 31 percent from three this season. Even during his late-season surge, he shot treys at just 32 percent.

He did, however, shoot 94 percent from the free throw line, taking almost five attempts a game from the charity stripe. That percentage leads you to believe there is a base to make Luwawu-Cabarrot a solid jump shooter. The attempts show his willingness and ability to get into the lane.

An improved jump shot will help him mesh with Embiid and Ben Simmons, which Luwawu-Cabarrot knows will lead to consistent minutes next season.

"Ben and Joel, obviously they're going to have the ball a lot," Luwawu-Cabarrot said. "So I have to work and be consistent with my shot and be able to knock it down when I get it. That's what [the coaching staff] asked me to work on."

If he can improve in that area, everyone will know the name Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot next season.