The NBA Draft was a showcase event on Thursday night as a group of freshmen dreams were made true, including injured center Joel Embiid who was picked by the Philadelphia 76ers for next season.
There was speculation before the draft started that Embiid was going to be the first draft pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers who went on to pick Andrew Wiggins, leaving Embiid in a mixed state of mind not knowing where he would end up.
But his dream as made true after the 76ers chose the center to represent them next season, and speaking to ESPN the 20-year-old declared his anguish at not being able to attend the draft, but showed great satisfaction at being drafted by the Easter Conference franchise.
"It is different. Disappointed, I wish I could be there, but I'm excited the Sixers took me. I still can't believe it."
But considering Embiid was delighted with the move to the Sixers, when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called out Joel's name they showed the center's reaction too early, as the freshman looked unhappy with the chance of playing under Brett Brown.
Brett Brown's men had a disappointing campaign last year finishing bottom of the Atlantic Division and second from bottom in the Eastern Conference having only won 19 games and losing 63.
After having a mediocre start to the season, after the Christmas period the 76ers had a shocker having only won four games from their remaining 31, with the Philly side not winning a single game in February.
The Sixers only made three draft picks last season, however, this campaign they made use of the draft and took in seven players, including three points guards and two Serbians from Mega Vizura in Vasilije Micic and Nemanja Dangubic.
With the 11th pick in 2013 they selected Michael Carter-Williams, who went on to play 70 games for Philadelphia this season averaging 34.5 minutes and 16.7 points a game.
The problem that Cleveland have is that Embiid has been ruled out for six months due to picking up an injury and having surgery to a repair a stress fracture in his foot, a common injury for tall players in the NBA.
But as seen in previous seasons the 76ers give their draft picks a chance to shine, and they may have to wait longer than expected for their number one draft pick to put on the Sixers jersey, but it will be worth it.
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