Philapelphia 76ers fans are hoping that 2014 No. 3 pick Joel Embiid is not the new incarnation of Greg Oden. After sitting out the whole 2014-15 season, the University of Kansas product reportedly may miss another season because of the foot injury that has delayed his NBA debut.
The young center was looking good in the first quarter of the year with his progress from the injury, participating in contact drills and looking like his usual explosive self dating back to his playing days at Kansas. However, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently revealed that a setback occured when a recent CT scan of the foot showed a concern on the broken bone.
“76ers center Joel Embiid may not be available to play at the start of the NBA season after the latest setback in the healing of his right foot, an NBA source said Sunday. There's also a legitimate chance that the 7-footer could miss the entire season,” Pompey wrote.
The 76ers were hoping that the Cameroonian player would take the same path Nerlen Noel, their top pick the year before, who also sat out the entire season only to come back stronger the next year. The result of the CT scan, which showed there was less healing than expected, would add more caution to the rehabilitation plan for Embiid.
General manager San Hinkie said Saturday that the team is committed to bringing Embiid along slowly in recovery, and will explore other opinions regarding his health. The team also has the No. 3 pick in this year's NBA Draft, on June 25, and it is unclear if the Sixers will alter their draft plans based on Embiid's condition. Due to the development, Latvian standout Kristaps Porzingis and the 76ers are being paired in recent mock drafts after the European player impressed scouts with his recent workout.