Joel Embiid has a foot fracture, will need surgery before the NBA Draft

6/20/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Feb 22, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) and guard Andrew Wiggins (22) speak with media after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 85-54. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsPotential top overall pick Joel Embiid (formerly of Kansas) might drop a bit, thanks to the official news that he'll need surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot.

Embiid, along with former KU teammate Andrew Wiggins and Duke forward Jabari Parker, was thought to be a possible top pick, and that could still happen, but there are a few more question marks now with the surgery pending.

Embiid will no longer be able to work out for teams, so that could hurt his stock, although a stellar freshman year at Kansas should be more than enough to give teams an idea of what they're looking at. He scored 11.2 points and pulled down 8.1 rebounds per game with the Jayhawks, and took a lot of the spotlight off of Wiggins, who was the consensus #1 prospect before the season started.

This could conceivably drop Embiid all the way down to the #6 or 7 pick, where a team like the Celtics or Lakers could end up getting extremely lucky with their center of the future.

As bad as it looks for Embiid, this could be a huge coup for a team who gets him a few picks later than anticipated, and has the chance to mold one of the next great centers the league has ever seen.
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6/21/14   |   j1791m   |   1 respect

i'm not taking him over Wiggins or Parker right now

6/20/14   |   Scott   |   54674 respect

If I'm any NBA executive, I'm scared to death that this guy could be the 2nd coming of Greg Oden