The common thread when talking about Joel Embiid is that his ceiling is the highest of any player in the 2014 draft class.
At 7'1", he has an atypical blend of size, power, speed and athletic ability. You'd be hard-pressed to find a team that wouldn't want him on the roster.
The concern about Embiid isn't what he can do on the court. A relative newcomer to the game of hoops—he didn't start playing organization basketball until 2011—his potential is Empire State Building high.
What could potentially prevent teams from rolling the dice on this talented big man are concerns over the health of his back.
After suffering a stress fracture during his 2013 season at Kansas, he was forced to miss an extended period of time—including the NCAA tournament.
Concerns over injuries for a center immediately drudge up memories of Greg Oden. Even though comparing Embiid and Oden is as beneficial as comparing cat food to Neil Armstrong, it's bound to happen.
It should be noted that the Milwaukee Bucks didn't see any "issues" with his back, per Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Injury concerns aside, a perfect complementary player for Embiid would be Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.
You could plug in any point guard here, but an Irving/Embiid pairing would be frightening.
Irving is a jackknife coming through the lane. His superior handle and acumen for scoring near the hoop would create plenty of space for Embiid to put in work on the blocks.
Another interesting component has to do with former head coach Mike Brown. The team's decision to fire Brown has also opened the door for the Cavaliers to bring in a bright offensive mind who could devise a way for these two young players to blend together.
If Embiid's back turns out not to be an issue for the Cavs leading up to June 26, there's no way they can avoid him. Passing on upside like that would actually be worse than trying to strike gold with Anthony Bennett in a flawed 2013 draft class.
Fusing together a lane-buster like Irving with an eraser like Embiid is a potential franchise-changing solution for the Cavaliers.