Updates from Wednesday, July 16
Once he's fully healed, his chances of having a long career are very good. There's no reason he shouldn't have a great NBA career and be very successful. Once this heals, hopefully this won't be an issue for him in the future.
It's certainly possible that he could come back this season.
Updates from Friday, June 27
Matt Lombardo of NJ.com has the latest on Embiid:
Friday, Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie outlined a similar plan for Embiid to the one that allowed Noel to miss an entire season in order to fully rehab before making his anticipated debut this summer in the Orlando Summer league.
"I've seen reported some 4-6 months," Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said of Embiid's timetable Friday. "That's not the number I heard, the number I heard from the surgeon himself was 5-8 months.
"We will focus on the long term health of the player. That's all that matters. Will we be smart about that? Of course. Will we be patient? yes. If he can remain healthy he can have a fantastic NBA career."
Updates from Thursday, June 26
975TheFanatic provides a synopsis of ESPN's Chad Ford reporting details of Joel Embiid's injury status on Mike & Mike this morning:
Chard Ford just told @MikeandMike he's hearing Joel Embiid medical reports have revealed injury concerns beyond only back and foot problems.— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) June 26, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 23
Bucks owner Marc Lasry addressed the possibility of the Bucks drafting Joel Embiid at No. 2 overall, courtesy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's C.F. Gardner:
Lasry is ruling out Bucks taking Embiid. "Our decision got a lot easier, mainly because Embiid got hurt."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 23, 2014
"It's hard to take Embiid," Lasry said. "We want somebody who is going to help us on Day 1."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) June 23, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 20
Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv relayed analysis of how an injury could impact Joel Embiid's stock:
One NBA source tells @SNYtv Joel Embiid could fall to 6-10 because of the 'Greg Oden factor. 'GMs are afraid of a top 5 pick.'— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 20, 2014
Embiid posted a photo of himself prior to surgery Friday:
Ken Berger of CBS Sports has an additional update on Embiid:
Agent Arn Tellem says two screws were inserted into the navicular bone in Joel Embiid’s right foot in today's surgery.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 20, 2014
Tellem on Embiid: "The surgery went very well and I’m confident that after appropriate healing he will be able to return to NBA basketball."— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 20, 2014
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Embiid's timetable for return:
Joel Embiid's recovery process is expected to cover 4-to-6 months, sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 20, 2014
Kansas product Joel Embiid, one of the top prospects in the 2014 NBA draft, has suffered a stress fracture in his right foot, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Joel Embiid has suffered stress fracture in right foot and slated for surgery on Friday, agent Arn Tellem says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
The stress fracture is in the navicular bone in Embiid's right foot.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
The potential impact on his draft stock is currently unknown., but the potential top pick took to Twitter to offer his thoughts:
Disappointment is inevitable.... Discouragement is a choice pic.twitter.com/7P48hfX2lz— Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 20, 2014
Embiid will not take part in any more workouts after the surgery, per the NBA on ESPN:
Embiid will have surgery tomorrow, according to his agent, and will not participate in any more workouts.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 19, 2014
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated also broke down Embiid's potential recovery process:
Several medical experts have described Embiid's type of injury to me as serious. Say navicular bone is the slowest healing in the body— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 19, 2014
As for Embiid's draft stock, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio broke down the Cavaliers' thinking:
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com also spoke with Embiid's mentor, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as a league source. Both heard that Embiid was dealing with an injury, but neither was sure of the exact issue with one week until draft day.
"I just heard he got hurt," Mbah a Moute said.
Wojnarowski originally provided the details on Embiid's status:
Cleveland doctors discovered right foot injury in exams and passed info onto Embiid reps, sources tell Yahoo. Fear is a right foot fracture.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Embiid's consulting w/ orthopedist Dr. Richard Ferkel in L.A.; determination on fracture and possible surgery expected soon, sources tell Y.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Goodman's report also included comments from Arn Tellem, the talented center's agent, who confirmed to ESPN's Andy Katz that Embiid was dealing with a foot problem. He said the results of further testing were still pending.
"He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days," Tellem said. "He's getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We'll know more Friday."
It's a troublesome situation for Embiid, because it's not an isolated incident. He has dealt with other injury woes during his young basketball career, and that's a major red flag for front offices around the league. Big men with a predraft history of medical issues tend to have high bust potential.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders summed up what Embiid has already dealt with:
Joel Embiid has now had injuries to his knee, back and foot in his brief four-year basketball career. That's going to scare a lot of teams.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 19, 2014
This doesn't necessarily mean Embiid is traveling down the same road as Greg Oden, who had a world of potential but hasn't been able to stay on the court in order to show it. Cautionary tales like that will definitely be in the minds of teams picking near the top of the draft, though.
Would you want your favorite team to take Embiid?
The 20-year-old Embiid shot better than 62 percent from the floor while averaging 11 points, eight rebounds and nearly three blocks per game in his only season at Kansas. Those numbers, paired with his sky-high potential, made him a virtual lock to go inside the top three before this news.
Once news of the injury's severity becomes available, it should be easier to figure out how it could change his draft stock, if it does at all. If it's something minor, he could still end up going No. 1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. If it's a serious issue, though, a major slide could occur.
Ultimately, each team will need to weigh the risk against the reward. The lack of dominant big men around the league makes rare prospects like Embiid extremely valuable, but if an organization doesn't have faith he can stay on the court, there are safer options available, especially in a class as talented as this one.
It's a situation to monitor very closely over the next week.