Joel Embiid likely went from No. 1 pick to somewhere down the draft board after the former Kansas big man had surgery to insert two screws in the navicular bone of his right foot to help heal a stress fracture.
On SportsNet Central, local orthopedist Dr. Sean Rockett of Newton Wellesley Hospital talked about the procedure and the recovery time:
"You always are concerned anytime somebody develops a stress fracture. Can they develop another one in the same area or another area?" Rockett said. "That's always a concern, especially for someone of his size [7 feet] and the pounding that he's going to be putting on the area."
Rocket said the reported recovery time of 4-6 months is accurate.
"I'd say months to heal," he said. "He won't be ready to go right away."