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Vitals: 20 years old, 7'0", 250 lbs
2013-14 Kansas Stats: 23.1 MPG, 11.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.6 BPG, 63 FG%
Joel Embiid is an awe-inspiring basketball specimen, but he's a project in more ways than one.
Before the 7-footer makes an impact on the court for the Philadelphia 76ers, he must successfully rehab his foot. And it's not going to be a swift process: General Manager Sam Hinkie told Matt Lombardo of NJ.com that the recovery timetable is five to eight months.
As far as actual basketball goes, Embiid must refine several areas of his game.
Offensively, he must learn when to refrain from forcing plays. He often tries highly difficult shots in traffic while teammates are open, and he frequently attempts tricky passes when he should have made the simple move. During Big 12 competition, Embiid coughed up 4.7 turnovers per 40 minutes in 2013-14.
He also must learn to play a stronger brand of basketball in the post, as he relied heavily on his length and agility at Kansas.
Meanwhile, Embiid's shot-blocking is impressive, and it fueled his conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. However, poor weak-side positioning and missed assignments weren't uncommon occurrences. He must clean up those lapses if he wants to be an efficient low-post stopper in the Association.