Prior to the season, Joel Embiid was viewed as the top NBA prospect in terms of centers despite being somewhat of an unknown. Embiid, in just his third season of organized basketball, has since skyrocketed to the top of most big boards across the Association.
With that said, and the Sixers currently on a 15-game losing streak, it seems only right that we break down the situation that would present itself it they did in fact land the first overall pick in this summer’s draft.
A year removed from trading for Nerlens Noel, it would be interesting if the Sixers end up on the clock with Joel Embiid on the board. Both Embiid and Noel are true centers, but Embiid has easily shown a better feel for the game at the offensive end. Noel has shown no reason to not believe in his potential as the team’s center of the future, but could the idea of adding Embiid make Sam Hinkie think otherwise or attempt playing the two side-by-side?
Brett Brown has already come out and said that Noel’s future is as a center, not a power forward. However, basketball fans in general are drooling over the potential of Embiid, and with good reason. He has shown the ability to block shots, rebound, and score at will in the low post with a variety of moves reminiscent of Hakeem Olajuwon.
The Sixers could use all the help they can get. But with Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker on the board, should they select the best player available on their board or fit their team needs?
There is no guarantee that Noel will turn out to be the player that everyone thought he could be coming out of Kentucky, but the same can be said for every NBA Draft prospect. That’s what makes the draft so tricky. Even the ones that seem as though they’re of the “can’t miss” variety run the risk of becoming labeled as a bust.
With all of that said, Hinkie would be left in a situation that would garner a lot of pondering leading up to draft night. While there is no guarantee with Noel, there is no guarantee with Embiid, Parker, or Wiggins either. When it comes down to it, Hinkie will make his decision based on numerous factors, some of which we will never know.
Regardless, what are your thoughts?
Would Embiid make sense for the Sixers? If so, what does the future of Noel consist of?
If not, who would you select with the first overall pick?