Now Embiid has joined the status of National Basketball Association superstars such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant. That is elite company by any stretch of the imagination.
With his first All-Star Game selection comes the opportunity to take a victory lap around those who previously doubted or underestimated his ability, and Embiid has a few of those haters to check off his list.
Curry and James will serve as team captains after finishing as the top vote-getters in their respective conferences.
When presented with an opportunity to address the Barbadian songstress directly via TNT after defeating the Boston Celtics by a score of 89-80 Embiid decided that he was ready to move on, and reassured fans to Trust the Process.
It was a tough matchup against Joel Embiid at the five but Horford continues to perform as one of the most well-rounded fantasy bigs in the game.
Andre Drummond is having the best season of his career, but he doesn't space the floor and still gambles quite a bit on defense. He probably hoped that the cumulative efforts of the rest of the team would be good enough to win the game.
On Thursday, word came that Embiid was voted an Eastern Conference All-Star starter. "It wasn't going to be any new plays", Embiid said.
Embiid teased that the two actually met up at Giorgio on Pine, an Italian eatery in Philadelphia, but he never showed RiRi in the photos he posted.
Fans (50 percent), media (25 percent) and players (25 percent) voted on the starters.
The genesis of the Embiid-Rihanna failed romance stems from a 2014 tweet, when he said a "famous girl" told him she wasn't interested unless he was an all-star. It appears he would have a case to begin courting her now. Or is he just playing hard to get? He was fourth in the player voting and third in media voting. The coaches vote for the reserves, who will be announced Tuesday. Simmons cooling off after an insanely hot start will have an impact there too, as his numbers are no longer the overwhelming, historic stats they were through late November. Many fans kept that in mind and let Rihanna know about it.