Just as it seemed like it was all falling into place for the first three picks in the draft (Joel Embiid first, then Jabari Parker, and then Andrew Wiggins to the Sixers at #3), Embiid had to go and possibly break his foot, screwing everything up.
“Joel Embiid, considered the front-runner to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, has suffered a right foot injury, his agent and his mentor both confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday.
‘He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,’ agent Arn Tellem told ESPN’s Andy Katz by phone Thursday. ‘He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.’
One source told ESPN.com that Embiid ‘may have broken’ his foot, but Tellem wouldn’t speculate on the seriousness of the injury until he had heard back from doctors. Tellem also said it was unlikely he would be doing any more workouts before the draft, which is June 26.”
Embiid’s injury could slip him out of the top three, thus making Parker or Wiggins the top pick and then the other would fall to the Bucks at #2. The Sixers, as I speculated and feared, seem to be high on Dante Exum as well, so maybe they aren’t entirely worried and will be happy taking Exum at three. Or maybe that trade up to number one just become a whole lot more likely.