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New Potential Draft Range: Top Three
I know, Joel Embiid isn't new to the radar. But he is to the No. 1 overall pick conversation.
There's no doubt Embiid should be included in the tier with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, despite his role off the bench as a backup for Kansas.
If you ask me, I'd have him ranked just behind Wiggins and Parker on the big board.
Depending on who you talk to, some scouts are as high on Embiid as any prospect in the class. They love the fact that he just picked up a basketball for the first time a few years ago, and he's already developed into a skilled offensive player.
This isn't just another raw Hasheem Thabeet type of prospect. Embiid has established moves and touch. He's a guy you can feature in the post, thanks to some impressive footwork and ball skills with his back to the rim.
He's averaging 9.3 points in only 19 minutes per game while shooting 65.9 percent from the floor. On the other sides of the ball, he's completely controlling the glass and protecting the rim, grabbing 6.6 boards and blocking 2.1 shots in limited action.
With the ability to change a game on both ends of the floor, Embiid's upside shoots through the clouds. He'll obviously need to continue polishing up his offensive game, but if we're talking long-term potential, Embiid offers a ceiling worthy of No. 1 overall value.