All eyes were on the Sixers when they were deliberating over the third overall pick at the NBA Draft on June 26th. Philadelphia ended up surprising many by selecting Kansas center Joel Embiid, who had largely been considered the best prospect in the entire draft. The reason he was still available when the Sixers selected was due to a stress fracture of the navicular bone in Embiid's right foot.
The 76ers front office had copies of Embiid's medical reports and went ahead with the decision to draft the seven-footer.
Now, Embiid's surgeon, Dr. Richard Ferkel, is weighing in on the long-term outlook for the former-Kansas Jayhawk and it is definitely something Sixers fans like to hear. Ferkel said he has performed 20-30 surgeries similar to Embiid's and Embiid's was not the worst he has seen.
"Once he's fully healed, his chances of having a long career are very good," Ferkel told Mike Sielski of The Philadelphia Inquirer. "There's no reason he shouldn't have a great NBA career and be very successful. Once this heals, hopefully this won't be an issue for him in the future."
Sigh of relief, for sure. The good news keeps rolling in for Embiid as NBA Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon offered to personally train Embiid once he has fully recovered from his surgery.
The seven-footer has a good mid-range game and he can step back and hit the three. When Embiid is stroking the three, he is nearly impossible to guard. He can move well laterally and shows great coordination for a big player.
On the defensive end, Embiid is one of the best in the game. He is a phenomenal shock-blocker and an incredible rebounder. Embiid consistently shows aggressiveness and is one of the hardest workers on the court at all times making it difficult to beat him.
Embiid, 20, stands a solid seven foot and weighs in at 250 lbs. During his freshman season at Kansas last year, he averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while averaging 23.2 minutes for the Jayhawks.
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