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Vitals: 19 years old, 7'0", 250 lbs, 7'5" wingspan
Ceiling: "No college player in America has a higher ceiling than Embiid, and that's if he has one at all."
That's what B/R College Basketball National Lead Writer Jason King had to say about Joel Embiid's NBA potential.
The seven-foot prodigy is already carving up opposing big men with his footwork and sneaky agility. As reported by King, Kansas head coach Bill Self pinpointed why Embiid's future is so bright:
He moves like a 6-footer with his feet. He can move in a way that very few guys in the past have been able to move. There's a skill set there that very few 7-footers have. He has a natural feel, natural instincts. Of all the guys on our team, he's the most instinctive basketball guy we have.
Once he gets a feel for the NBA style of play, look out.
Ceiling: 25 PPG and Blocks Leader in prime, perennial All-Star, MVP, Champion, Hall of Famer
Basement: You don't have to delve deep in the history books to remember some high-profile post players who failed miserably (see: Hasheem Thabeet, Darko Milicic, Kwame Brown, etc.).
We're not suggesting Embiid's basement is similar to those busts, but it's a reminder that some centers just don't thrive in physical situations against bruisers like Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Tyson Chandler, etc.
A soft presence in the paint would severely hinder his nightly production.
Basement: 9 PPG and 6 RPG, no All-Star appearances