It's been a frustrating time for Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid; the 22-year-old still hasn't seen one minute of NBA action, despite being drafted back in 2014.
The third overall pick has struggled with serious foot injuries over the past two years but his talent, when healthy, has never been questioned.
Embiid would have been the number one overall pick in 2014 if he had been fit. He was the clear top prospect in nearly every scout report and draft board, but his fitness bumped him down the order.
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However, according to Philly coach Brett Brown, his center might be about to turn a corner.
In a podcast with ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe, Brown insisted that Embiid is on the verge of finally making his bow for the Sixers.
“I just left my third consecutive day working out with Joel 45 minutes ago,” Brown told Lowe. “Physically, mentally, recent medical scans, everything is pointing in the right direction. We’re just very excited.”
Lowe then specifically asked whether he was on track to play in the preseason. “Yes he is,” Brown said without hesitation.
With Ben Simmons on board and Embiid returning, the Sixers all of a sudden look a tad more attractive. The frontcourt logjam still hasn't been addressed as of yet, and with Embiid on his way in it's an absolute must.
Jahlil Okafor certainly has the offensive talents, but Nerlens Noel can be an elite defender.
Both men are limited in their skill-sets and struggle on opposing ends of the floor. Which man will the Sixers ultimately keep? Their faith in Embiid thus far indicates he isn't going anywhere.