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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Reasons Why Joel Embiid Made Right Choice to Declare

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5 Reasons Why Joel Embiid Made Right Choice to Declare

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Like it or not, Kansas’ Joel Embiid is declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft. Embiid missed time toward the end of the season thanks to a back injury. The Jayhawks were much better with him out on the court and they could have gone far in the 2014 NCAA tournament if he was in the lineup. We will never know that for sure, though.

Whether the case, Embiid is making the right choice by declaring. Read on to see five reasons why.

Best Big Man in the Draft

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Best Big Man in the Draft

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At 7-foot-0, Joel Embiid is the best big man in the draft. NBA teams always seem to go crazy over 7-footers who have the potential to be huge scoring threats. Unfortunately, most of the time big men do not meet expectations and are not the lethal scorer everyone was hoping they would be.

Regardless, Embiid is THE center in this draft.

Could be the No. 1 Pick

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Could be the No. 1 Pick

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Joel Embiid could be the No. 1 pick in this summer’s draft. That is pretty awesome. Who knows if that would have been the case if he stayed another year. His draft stock is as high as it can possibly be and it can only go down from here.

Money

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Money

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Money is nice. A lot of money is really nice. Embiid should go in the top five -- No. 1 is my guess. As a result, he will land a big contract and will be a very rich man right out of college.

Back Injury

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Back Injury

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Embiid missed a good amount of time at the end of the season because of a back injury. Who knows if he will have back problems for the rest of his career -- hopefully not -- but jumping to the NBA was the smart choice regardless.

I am sure Embiid will be just fine --I’m also not a doctor -- but what if he returned next season and missed a good chunk of time because of back problems? Well, his stock would probably plummet.

It’s His Decision

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It’s His Decision

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Kansas’ star center made the decision to go pro. I am sure making that decision is not easy. Regardless, it’s his decision. He has to live with it. If Embiid thinks he is ready for the big leagues, well, then that is all that matters.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.