The Philadelphia 76ers appear to be unloading their hoarded draft picks on simply the most talented player available. Not sure if Joel Embiid will pan out? No problem. Just pick up arguably the best big man on the board.
With back-to-back No. 3 picks, the 76ers decided to go with another college frontcourt phenom in 2015 and with Jahlil Okafor. Opinions have wavered on Okafor’s draft stock and the pick at No. 3 confirms they have ultimately changed. The 76ers are now loaded up front with either cooperative talent or trade bait for future pieces. Questions asked must wait to be answered and the biggest question is the true health of Embiid.
Does 2015 finally signal a step toward improvement? And could Okafor be an improvement over Embiid? Both scenarios appear plausible and possibly non-exclusive. But if Okafor can coexist with Embiid, the 76ers will have more than just an insurance policy.