Posted by: C. Smith
01/22/14 8:40 am EST
DISCLAIMER: The following post is NOT an outright endorsement of Joel Embiid as the 76ers 2014 NBA Draft Lottery selection. It is simply a hypothetical idea that crossed my mind this past holiday weekend as I watched Embiid help Kansas defeat Oklahoma State and Baylor…
Leading up to the 2013-14 college basketball season my thoughts on the 2014 Draft class were that either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would be the best fit for the 7-6. As I have watched both of those All-America caliber kids play this year, my pre-season thoughts have not wavered like many of the “experts” out there. Both are athletic, fantastic wing players who could step right in and start for Brett Brown. Either one would be a tremendous fit as a draft pick for the Sixers.
However, as the college basketball season shifts into high gear, I have begun to take a much closer look at some of the other elite prospects around the nation. So this past holiday weekend I closely watched (and rewatched via DVR) Joel Embiid of Kansas play in two games against very respectable competition.
As I watched and took notes on Embiid, who has recently sky rocketed up draft boards, I asked myself the following , “What if the Sixers are in a position to select Joel Embiid ? What if Hinkie is on the clock and Embiid is the best player available? Would Joel Embiid be a good fit here?”