2014 NBA Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Get Steal Of Draft In Joel Embiid

By Allen Yates

The Philadelphia 76ers shook up the draft when they selected Kansas big man Joel Embiid with the third overall pick. Embiid is widely considered the best big man in the draft. The Sixers again drafted another injured player who won’t play for some time. Last draft, the Sixers drafted Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel, who has yet to play an NBA minute but should be a great compliment to Embiid.

The Sixers have quietly formed a front court that could resemble the likes of a legendary front court of the past. Although the combination of Noel and Embiid have yet to play an NBA minute, they have potential to be our generation’s Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon. The current big men that occupy the Sixers’ lineup now could have a similar impact.

Noel is by no means an offensive go-to option, but his rim protection will prove important. Embiid will thrive in Philly as a go-to big man along side Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. Both Noel and Embiid will be a force in front of the rim, battling for blocks game in and game out. Although there’s still a long way to go for both of the 76ers’ young big men, they have the potential to be the next “Twin Towers” duo to dominate the NBA.

This steal of a pick could pay off great for Philly if Embiid can reach his projected ceiling. If Embiid pans out to be the Olajuwon-type talent that everyone thinks, the 76ers will be smiling from ear to ear as they find their way to tha playoffs for many years to come.

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