Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has not played a single NBA game ever since being selected third overall in the 2014 draft. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Embiid is ready for stardom but there are still questions about his ability to stay healthy.
Embiid started playing basketball at the age of 15 but he came out of high school as a five-star recruit. He played college basketball at the University of Kansas under head coach Bill Self. However, his collegiate career ended due to a stress fracture in his back.
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The Cameroon native declared for the 2014 NBA Draft but he underwent surgery to repair a broken navicular bone in his right foot six days before the draft. Nonetheless, he was picked by the Sixers but he could have easily been the first overall selection if he was healthy.
The 22-year-old missed the entire 2014-15 season due to his foot injury and a CT scan later revealed that it was not healing properly. He underwent a second surgery and missed his second consecutive season.
To start the 2016 offseason, the Sixers have the first overall pick in the upcoming draft and they will likely select Ben Simmons. But it seems like Philadelphia is putting a lot of trust on Joel Embiid with the team placing both Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel on the trading block, per ESPN.
“The big unknown with this organization is Embiid, who has not played an NBA game. He certainly has the skill level, the size, the talent to potentially become a star,” Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo told Bleacher Report.
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Embiid has already declared that he is finally healthy and ready for next season in a post on his Instagram account. The caption reads, “Wish we could fast forward to next season #FinallyHealthy #TrustTheNewProcess.”
Brett Stuter of FanSided believes Joel Embiid is what the NBA needs because of his personality. He has the potential to be a great player if he can stay healthy but his passion, humor and love for the game stands out the most.
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