It appears the fallout from what may or may not be a broken foot suffered by Kansas’ Joel Embiid has already shaken up the 2014 NBA Draft, despite the fact that Embiid has yet to be diagnosed with anything other than an unnamed ‘foot injury’.
While the rumor mill churns and suggests that Embiid suffered a broken foot, there has been no official word from the perceived number one pick though despite that, his draft stock appears to be in a mini free fall.
We’ve already heard one NBA general manager with a top ten pick suggest it would be ‘real hard’ to draft Embiid and it appears the Cleveland Cavaliers feel the same way as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports it’s ‘increasingly unlikely’ that Embiid will be taken first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Embiid, the projected No. 1 overall pick, is consulting with renowned orthopedist Dr. Richard Ferkel on an injury that sources believe happened over a week ago,” says Wojnarowski. “Along with a back injury that caused Embiid to miss several weeks of his final college season, it becomes increasingly unlikely that Embiid will still be Cleveland’s choice as the No. 1 overall pick.”
Not mentioned is Embiid’s first stress fracture which he suffered during high school, so understandably there are some major concerns about Joel Embiid’s health moving forward.
We saw just last season how quickly an injury can drop the stock of a potential number one pick as Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, who suffered a late season knee injury dropped from the assumed top pick to the sixth selection, though Wojnarowski doesn’t seem to believe Embiid would drop below the fourth pick, currently held by the Orlando Magic.