Tim McCormick: Should NBA GM’s be concerned with Joel Embiid, and Top Sleepers on Draft Night
Former NBA veteran and ESPN analyst Tim McCormick joined Jeff Thurn on Wednesday's edition of Overtime.
McCormick (@TMcCormickESPN) played college basketball for Michigan, and in the NBA for ten seasons with the Seattle Supersonics, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and New York Knicks.
Should NBA teams be concerned with Joel Embiid's foot injury, as the 7-foot Kansas prospect had surgery to repair a stress fracture?
"I would be extremely concerned. Anybody that says he is the next Hakeem Olajuwon, I played against Hakeem when he was in college, I was his teammate in Houston. He (Embiid) is a long ways from that, and the fact he's had a stress fracture in his back and foot, a long 82-game schedule, not counting playoffs, and preseason, concerns me a great deal. Now with that being said, I would not let him slip below five, but I think from an immediate and sure-thing standpoint, Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Jabari Parker (Duke) would be my preference."
Cleveland holds the top pick, with Milwaukee, and Philadelphia at No. 2 and No. 3.
Which player(s) could be sleepers on draft night tomorrow?
"There's a couple guys I really like a lot. Zach LaVine, who finished his freshman year at UCLA. He's a really long and athletic guard. Big fan of his. Doug McDermott (Creighton) is going to be a scorer in the NBA and he could be excellent. I'm talking about All-Star potential. He put up so many points against so many defenses. His vertical jump really surprised; well over 30 inches. You think, gosh, is he long enough? Is he athletic enough? He certainly is. Then, another guy I'm a big fan of is T.J Warren, who played at North Carolina State. 6'8", 220, very, very gifted on the wing. Those are three names if I was picking in the NBA looking for a sleeper, I would look strongly at them."
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