Mar 5, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (center) celebrates after the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won the game 82-57. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports1

Don't drop Joel Embiid from the Cav's draft board


Editor’s Note: The Voice of the Fan is back with his thoughts on Joel Embiid.

There are many reasons not to discard Joel Embiid from atop the Cavaliers draft board just yet. Many experts are saying he could become an very good or even a top NBA player!  He has the tools to be not only a rim protector, but also has the offensive prowess to be good in the paint and outside it.

Lets face it, how long does it take someone with that skill set to come along in the draft and the Cavs to have a chance at him? I realize he has had a back issue and now a foot also. But Cleveland has been through this before with Big Z. But this player has a better upside and hopefully less physical problems down the road.

Grantland’s Ryen Russillo stated he has the best upside pick of anyone in the draft! That is saying a lot as Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are in this same draft and they are very good and hard to pass up. But Embiid could be the center here for years and let’s face it, they haven’t had a really good one for a long time and has been a need for years!

The Cavs won’t probably be playing for a championship this coming year, as it will take time to assimilate Coach David Blatt’s offensive and be skilled with it. They pass on Nerlens Noel and they really need a big man with Embiid’s skill set. They were going to give away a lot of talent and picks to get Love from the Timberwolves. So let’s not give up taking Joel this year!!

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  • Stan Cratcha

    3 years of organized basketball and already 2 legitimate injuries. Taking him #1 overall would be insurmountably stupid. Wiggin’s is a higher rated player on Chad Ford’s list. He is a better player now, and will be a better player in the future.

    • Jarod Cook

      It’s the Cavs. So insurmountably stupid would fall into line with every thing that has taking place inside the organization the last few years. Although things have been looking up since Griffin has taking over as GM. Trying to fix the mistakes of previous regimes. Hopefully Gilbert smarts up this time and stays out of the way, and lets the professionals make the decisions.

      • Letterman007

        Must agree, but not sure Gilbert should take all the blame as Grant had his fingers in it also! It seemed to be a group effort !

        • Jarod Cook

          I agree with you there was plenty of blame to go around, some more then others. But at this point I’d stay away from Embiid. The back injuries aside, at this moment I find the foot injury more major. There’s been several players who’ve had this same injury, and have failed to come back from it. Most of them where late in there career’s, and where bigger and heavier then Embiid. There are some exceptions Big Z suffered from this injury in back to back years early in his career, and still played 10 years after coming back.

          Embiid hasn’t even really played competitively for long and is already having injuries piling up. I know they’re not really going to contend for a championship this year. But I’d rather see them draft a player who can step in and play right away, with minimal injury histories. If they want a front court presence they can trade down and draft Vonleh. He was getting consistent double/doubles on a bad Indiana team. A good 2-way player, that’s still developing offensively. Or they can take Randell, who has a little of an injury history. But had better numbers then Embiid, and has a motor that doesn’t quite.

          • Letterman007

            But none of these players have the upside Embiid has and at center. Andy is prone to injuries and is aging! Hawes came in last year but doesn’t have the skill set or upside of Embiid. What if the Sixers draft him and they have Noel too. Next year that could be double trouble in the Eastern Conference for the Cavs!! Vonleh doesn’t have anything near what Embiid has to offer. If they can trade down, which it sounds like they are trying too, then draft him, even better!!

          • Stan Cratcha

            You keep talking about what Embiid has to offer, but are not seeming to understand what little chance he has to offer it. Even if he does stay healthy which is a longshot, what impact can he really have? Who was the last big to come out of college and have a profound impact on an NBA franchise? Wings are far more important in today’s game. Give me a guy who can score in a variety of ways and guard multiple positions, over a big any day. Compare the 5 best wings in the game to the 5 best bigs. Which are more important to they’re teams?

          • Letterman007

            Here is where the problem lies, there is not that many really good BIGS in the league, because they are harder to find than wing players! Bigs that play defense and have offensive prowess in and out of the paint!! Where would the Spurs be without Duncan and he’s playing limited minutes because of his age!! There are several other teams that think Embiid is worth their first round pick, like the Celtics and Sixers, and they hope he falls to them. They realize what a prize he could be for years!! They just don”t come along very often!!!

    • Letterman007

      It’s hard to find a center with Embiid’s offensive and defensive skill set! I agree, right now Parker or Wiggins look better, but where in the next couple years, are they going to find someone like him? Even Noel’s doesn’t have the same upside as Embiid!! As I said in the article, the Cavs aren’t going to win or even play for a championship next year and Embiid could be a big part of getting them there in a few years. They may even be able to trade down now and still get him along with some picks and or players.