Pros: Even more than his size, which is mountainous, Joel Embiid's most attractive quality is his rapid growth as a basketball player. He started playing organized hoops in 2011, and he's expanded his skills exponentially since. As a 20-year-old coming off one season in college, he's already showing confidence in the post and next-level scoring ability.
Embiid can do more than face up, post up and finish over everybody. He's also got a nice shooting touch, great passing instincts and shows promise as a pivot distributor.
Defensively, he'll alter countless shots with his length (7'5.75" wingspan) and agility, and he'll likely grow into a productive rebounder as well.
Cons: Embiid is still trying to grasp some areas of the game, as he's learning when to pass, when to shoot, etc. His defensive footwork also needs improvement, as he was sporadically out of position last year.
And there's the back questions. All of his predraft work and scrutiny indicates his March injury is a thing of the past, but that doesn't mean we're totally confident something won't crop up in the future. After all, he's a mobile seven-footer who will see high usage over the next five years.
Bottom Line: He's got a better chance to be the NBA's next great big man than the next Greg Oden.
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