The expectations for the 2014 first-round pick were impossibly high. They were compounded by two excruciating years of anticipation, during which the average Philadelphian learned more about navicular fractures than most first-year med students do. It was worth the wait: Embiid performed like an MVP over the 31 games of his rookie season, suggesting that the team’s much-maligned rebuild might soon produce results. And his Twitter game (funny! Cuddly! Fearless!) is just as attention-demanding as his stat sheet:

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