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Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Team doctors telling GMs not to take Joel Embiid in top 10

With the news that broke on Thursday that former Kansas center Joel Embiid has a stress fracture in his right foot that requires surgery, needless to say the young man’s draft stock has taken a significant hit. When you add this injury in with the uncertainty surrounding his back issues, his prospects are not too positive at this point.

But, just how bad has it gotten for Embiid, who was once considered a lock to be the top overall pick next week?

Well, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, team doctors are telling their GMs that have picks within the top 10 to just simply pass on him.


Yes, that’s just one example, but you have to imagine that at least a few other teams in that top-10 area have ruled him out as a pick, if not all of them after Thursday’s news.

Embiid has been considered one of the top three prospects in this deep draft class, along with former teammate Andrew Wiggins and Duke’s Jabari Parker.

Once thought of as the player that would undoubtedly be taken first by the Cavaliers, now has the most uncertain future of anyone in the group.

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