The Sixers Select Joel Embiid Third Overall

LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 24: Joel Embiid #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks to pass the ball against D.J. Bennett #31 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. Kansas won 83-75.
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He said he was going to be a Laker last night on Twitter but Joel Embiid is officially a Sixer as they nabbed him with the third overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. There is a chance that he doesn't play a minute this season for the Sixers much like Nerlens Noel last season...and that may not be a bad thing in the long run.

Here's his draft profile from

Strengths: The sculpted Embiid has a prototypical body for an NBA center, standing 7 feet tall, with a 7.5-foot reach, and weighing 250 pounds. He could use more muscle, but his frame should have no trouble bearing the additional bulk … Posted outstanding per-40-minutes numbers in his lone season at Kansas, averaging 19.4 points, 14 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks … An agile and mobile center, with nimble feet, good speed, great quickness, and vertical explosiveness … Excellent around the rim, scoring regularly on put-backs and alley opps. According to, Embiid made 76.3 percent of his attempts at the rim this past season… His offensive game is still a work in progress, but the potential is there. His offensive arsenal includes very quick drop-steps, jump hooks, and turn-around jumpers … Uses a variety of ball and body fakes to create space for his shot, including the renowned “Dream Shake.” … Draws a bunch of fouls (8.8 per 40 minutes), and makes a respectable 69 percent of his free-throw attempts … An active and aggressive weak-side defender … Covers a lot of ground with his length and huge strides … Stats don’t tell the full story – on the defensive end, he alters a number of shots and is generally disruptive … Not timid – willing to put a body on someone and mix it up in the paint … Sets solid screens … Doesn’t panic when double teamed … 

Weaknesses: Embiid had trouble staying on the floor, either due to injuries or foul trouble. In a total of 28 games at KU, he played fewer than 20 minutes 10 times and more than 30 minutes only three times … Questionable durability – this past season, he missed one game (Feb. 15) due to a knee injury, played in the four following games, and then was shut down for the rest of the year due to a stress fracture in his lower back. He also dealt with lower back issues as a senior in high school … Averaged a whopping 5.9 fouls per 40 minutes at KU … Lacks both offensive and defensive awareness … Averaged 4.2 turnovers per 40 minutes at KU … Defensively, he frequently focuses too much on the ball and loses track of his man … Was at times pushed off the block by bigger centers … Seems to get frustrated when not heavily involved in the offense or not making his shots. At those times, his play appears to be a bit lackadaisical …

Notes: Was named to the 2013-14 Associated Press All-America Second Team and also named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year … Set the KU freshman record with 72 blocked shots. Also set KU freshman records in field goal percentage (62.6) and rebounds per game (8.1) … Finished second in the Big 12 in blocks (2.6 per game) and sixth in rebounds per game ... Was not tested much in the undersized Big 12 conference, and when he was, the results were relatively subpar. In a total of five games vs. the big front lines of Texas, Baylor and New Mexico, plus one game against the muscular Patrick Young and Florida, Embiid shot 50 percent from the field and averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, and 24 minutes per game … Began playing basketball at one of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s basketball camps in Cameroon when he was 16 years old … Speaks three languages: English, French, and Bassa (the native language of Cameroon)…

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