The Philadelphia 76’ers have selected Joel Embiid with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The 7-0, 250 pound athletic freak, is said to be one of the best center prospects in years and was considered the consensus No. 1 overall pick before his broken foot.
Embiid averaged 11.2 points per game his freshman (and only) season at Kansas, along with 8.1 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists. His size, athleticism, and play have drawn comparisons to legendary NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon.
You can definitely see the similarities, as they both have the same body type added with athleticism. Olajuwon used to have the prettiest base line jumper that was almost automatic. Being 7-0 and having that shot along with other powerful post moves is what has certainly grabbed the attention of the NBA for Embiid.
The 76’ers honestly got a steal here if Joel Embiid can prove to stay healthy.
He’s now paired with Nerlins Noel, their first round pick from last season.
Assuming Embiid stays in Philly (trade possible), their post defense should be ranked near the tops of the NBA within the next 3 years. Having two athletic 7 footers in the post is what gives you that assumption.
Embiid is said to be out 4-6 months but some also say he may miss the entire season. Either way, the 76’ers got the best prospect in the draft with the third pick overall.
One pick stood in the way (Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks) from the Kansas Jayhawks making history. Had Wiggins and Embiid gone one and two overall, that would’ve been the first time in history that a school had the top two picks in the NBA draft.