Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will need another surgery on his injured foot and likely will miss the entire 2015-16 season, per pay per head sportsbook. The Inquirer reported that the 76ers are planning for Embiid missing the season and possible longer.
Joel Embiid missed his entire rookie season due to a foot injury and now will reportedly undergo a second surgery. “I would say there’s a great possibility that Embiid won’t play next year,” one source told the paper. “Just think how long they sat him when they thought he was healthy.”
Per Essential Software of Bookmakers, the 76ers have not decided whether Embiid will have his latest foot surgery in North Carolina or at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.
Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, did not play all season ,though he raised a little hope late in the season when an on-track recovery had him shooting, running and dunking at practices and pregame drills.
But Sixer’s president Sam Hinkie acknowledged last month that the team was considering surgery for Embiid and that the big man’s foot “doesn’t seem to be healing as well anymore.”
With Embiid’s availability clearly in doubt, the 76ers selected 6-foot-11 Jahlil Okafor with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft. He will be 76ers back up plan. I believe the 76er’s got lucky that Okafor fell to them. They have been rolling the dice and possibly got burned with the Embiid pick. Only time will tell, but now with Okafor in the fold, they possibly have the best center of the group.
Okafor is very adept low post scorer, well beyond his years. His true Achilles heel is his defense he is not athletic enough to go toe to toe with the rest of the NBA centers, aka, DeAndre Jordan and etc. . Sam Hinkie has been playing with fire and he seems to get away with it for the time being. One of his blessings is Nerlens Noel, his defense is so spectacular that you can put him aside anyone and they will be ok.
So that’s three centers in row. If the 76ers find themselves in the lottery, which will most likely be case, they have to reavalute there pick on need. I don’t know how the 76ers faithful will feel about take a fourth center. Probably a wing would be nice.