Blakely's NBA Mock Draft 10.0: C's take chance on Embiid

Blakely's NBA Mock Draft 10.0: C's take chance on Embiid
June 20, 2014, 10:45 am
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BOSTON — When the news broke Thursday about Joel Embiid's stress fracture in his right foot, there was no doubt that it would shake up the top portion of the NBA lottery.

But the rest of the draft will feel the impact as well, with players sliding up and down draft boards to make room for Embiid, who is expected to lose his Top-3 player status.

Embiid is considered by many NBA scouts and executives as the one player in this draft class with the potential to be a franchise player you build around.

Still, his most recent injury makes the 7-foot big man an even bigger risk than ever.

The Cameroon native has only been playing the game for a few years. For him to play at the level he has speaks to not only his growth potential but also his ability to pick things up quickly.

Even before the foot injury, focusing on his impact proved difficult because of previous health concerns which included a back injury that shortened his lone season with the Kansas Jayhawks.

Sources contacted on Thursday and Friday morning are torn as to whether Embiid remains a high lottery pick (top 14) following an injury and surgery that is expected to sideline him for several months.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Illgauskas sustained a similar injury which limited him to five games over the course of two seasons (lockout-shortened 1998-1999 season and all of 1999-2000).

Houston Rockets great Yao Ming as well as former Celtic Bill Walton also endured similar injuries that shortened their NBA careers.

Aware of this, Embiid is still a player that a number of teams - the Celtics included - still have fairly high on their draft boards.

And while the Celtics are open to the idea of moving up from their current draft position, a more likely course of action will be them standing pat at No. 6.

Embiid's injury is to the navicular bone in his right foot which typically takes a long time to heal.

According to Yahoo Sports!, Embiid will have surgery on the foot Friday which is when a more precise recovery time will be determined.

While Embiid's future certainly remains up in the air, there is a growing amount of clarity to the rest of the draft.

And with that, here's CSNNE.com's Mock Draft 10.0:

on the rise  (+)

no change  (=)

on the decline (-)

1. Cleveland: Andrew Wiggins (+) The Cavs will take a former Jayhawk here, but not the one they were expecting.

2. Milwaukee: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke (=) The Bucks get their guy who will come in and start immediately.

3. Philadelphia: Dante Exum, G, Australia (+) Embiid's injury makes rolling the dice on Exum not seem as big a gamble.

4. Orlando: Noah Vonleh, F/C, Indiana (+) Really helped himself in workouts to showcase a more complete, NBA-ready game.

5. Utah: Julius Randle, F, Kentucky (=) Jazz land arguably the best low-post scorer in the draft.

6. Boston: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas (-) This high-risk, high-reward talent seems to be just the kind of player Danny Ainge would select if available.

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State (-) Should make an immediate impact at the defensive end of the floor.

8. Sacramento: Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona (=) Far from a finished product, Gordon brings the kind of intangibles (hustle, basketball I.Q.,) that the Kings need plenty of going forward.

9. Charlotte: Doug McDermott, F, Creighton (=) Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will look a lot better as a playmaker having McDermott around hitting shots.

10. Philadelphia (via New Orleans): Dario Saric, SF, Croatia (+) Has point-forward skills, which should fit in well with a team that has plenty of scorers.

11. Denver (via New York): James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky (+) Young's length and ability to stretch the floor should play out well in the Mile High City.

12. Orlando: Elfrid Payton, G, Louisiana-Fayette (+) Magic address the need for an upgrade at point guard.

13. Minnesota: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke (+) The Kevin Love trade talk makes this selection unclear but Hood's game is a good fit, regardless.

14. Phoenix: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan (-) Arguably second-best shooter in the draft (McDermott), Stauskas' versatility a big plus for the Suns.

15. Atlanta: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State (-) Is more NBA-ready as a defender, that's his best shot at playing sooner rather than later.

16. Chicago (via Charlotte): T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State (+) Bulls remain a defensive team, but they could use a crafty scorer such as Warren.

17. Boston (via Brooklyn): Zach LaVine, G, UCLA (-) He's showing teams that he's more than just a highlight-reel with a decent shooting touch and ball-handling skills.

18. Phoenix (via Washington): Adreian Payne, F/C, Michigan State (+) Payne provides a potential replacement for Channing Frye, who becomes a free agent next summer.

19. Chicago: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia (-) Nice, young prospect. All-Star Joakim Noah is currently the only center the Bulls have under contract for next season.

20. Toronto: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse (=) Because he's more methodical than mind-blowing athletically, workouts have done zilch to increase his stock.

21. Oklahoma City (from Dallas): Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA (=) Should go higher than this, but teams concerned with his athleticism, undefined position on the floor.

22. Memphis: Clint Capela, F, France (=) The Grizzlies add a player who runs the floor well, should help them get a few easier buckets in transition.

23. Utah (from Golden State): Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State (=) His versatility will give him a shot at seeing action early (pun intended).

24. Charlotte (via Portland): Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn (+) It'll be just like old times at UConn with Kemba leading the way and Shabazz following.

25. Houston: P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends (=) Has NBA-body, NBA-range on 3s and some time in the D-League which should speed up his NBA learning curve.

26. Miami: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA (+) Shooting guard who is extremely efficient in just about every phase of the game offensively.

27. Phoenix (via Indiana): K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson (-) Have to love his ability to defend multiple positions on the perimeter because of his size and strength.

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Mitch McGary, F-C, Michigan (+) Big intangibles guy, would have gone a lot higher had he come out a year ago.

29. Oklahoma City: Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse (+) Has not shot the ball well enough in workouts to alleviate concerns about his perimeter game at the next level.

30. San Antonio: Walter Taveres, C, Gran Canaria (-) Spurs prove again why they are the best in the game, adding a potential high-impact, low-salaried player who is a year or two away from coming into the NBA.