You hope that, at some point, the kid can contribute, but unfortunately at this point we don’t know when that may be. In the mean time, the Sixers further fortified their frontcourt by selecting Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick in the 2015 Draft. Okafor, whose selection was viewed by many as Embiid insurance, is ready to hit the ground running, and will be the beneficiary of increased opportunity due to Embiid’s extended absence.
Okafor said that his role is not impacted by Embiid’s status.
“It doesn’t,” he replied flatly when asked how Embiid’s being sidelined affected his role heading into the season.
“My role is to dominate,” Okafor continued. “I’m one of the centerpieces of the team, so my role is the same.”