06/22/15 9:21 am EST
For the second straight June, Joel Embiid’s right foot injury could impact which direction the 76ers will go on Thursday night with the third overall pick. Prior to Embiid’s “setback” or lack of healing, it seemed likely that Hinkie was going to draft whichever top backcourt prospect — Russell or Mudiay — was still on the board when the Sixers went on the clock. Now, with Embiid on the shelf for who knows how long and a 7-foot Latvian skyrocketing up Draft boards, all bets are off as the Sixers appear to be the wildcard in the early Lottery portion of the 2015 Draft.
Thus, when I gathered the “expert” opinions from around the world wide web, I was very surprised to discover only two schools of thought on what Hinkie will do on Thursday night.