When former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid was forced to undergo surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot on Friday, it didn’t just impact the future of Embiid and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the number one overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but it may have impacted every team in the draft.
The 76ers reportedly cover Embiid’s college teammate, Andrew Wiggins, and with Embiid almost assuredly slipping out of the top three, the 76ers probably won’t get their hands on Wiggins. That’s why they are showing more of a focus on a pair of guards, Australian point guard Dante Exum and former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, both Exum and Smart will be working out for the 76ers in individual workouts on Sunday.
Australian guard Dante Exum & ex-Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart are slated to work out individually for the Sixers on Sunday, sources say
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 20, 2014
Exum measured in at 6’6 and 196 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’9.5 at the NBA’s Scouting Combine. Exum is ranked by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express as the fifth-best prospect in the draft and is currently projected to be selected with the sixth-overall pick in the draft by the Boston Celtics.
Smart is ranked as the sixth-best prospect in the draft by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season and shot 42.2% from the field, 29.9% from beyond the arc and 72.8% from the charity stripe. Smart measured in at 6’3.25 and 227 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’9.25.