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He's been in the No. 1 overall conversation for a while, but after the past two weeks, Joel Embiid is now the center of it.
Embiid looks like the best prospect on the planet.
There have been questions surrounding Andrew Wiggins' skill set and mental approach, and there might be concerns over Jabari Parker's game after his recent struggles, which have him settling for bad shots on the perimeter without the quickness or athleticism to get to the rack (not to mention he doesn't necessarily project as a plus defender).
With Embiid, you're getting a dominant presence at both ends of the floor—no questions asked.
His performance against Iowa State sealed the deal for us, when he completely took control of the game, possession after possession (finished 7-of-8 for 16 points, nine boards and five blocks).
With an array of post moves along with 7'0'' size, a 250-pound frame and a 7'5'' wingspan (half-inch shorter than Anthony Davis'), he's become unguardable one-on-one. Defenses have started double-teaming Embiid the second he gets a touch. But with incredible recognition and a confident command of the ball, he's learned to anticipate the double and find the open man.
To game-plan around him, there's just no answer that doesn't require sacrificing somewhere else.
Against Kansas State, Embiid even knocked down a three-pointer and 18-footer, showcasing a promising and fluid jumper rare for a 7-footer.
He's improving at a rate unlike anyone we've seen.
If I'm the general manager of the Bucks, I'm not sure I want to be the guy to pass on Embiid because of the presence of Larry Sanders. With Giannis Antetokounmpo looking like a future stud at the wing and some questions surrounding forwards Wiggins and Parker, Embiid has become the top option on the board, regardless of who your team already has at center.