NBA Draft 2018: Joel Embiid really doesn’t want to be compared to these picks
Joel Embiid is the king of owning the narrative, and he is making a push at owning the NBA Draft story from afar Thursday.
With Michael Porter Jr.’s fall to No. 14 in the draft to the Nuggets, there were plenty of comparisons made to Embiid because of the medical history both players had coming out of college.
Embiid doesn’t want to be compared to Porter though.
The 6-4 guard is young for his class and may not make an impact immediately, but his statistical indicators suggest he could be due for a rapid development curve that turns him into a breakout player.
Holiday worked out twice for Phoenix during the pre-draft process, and the Suns are in search of a more consistent solution at point guard. Despite his rough exit from the NCAA Tournament, Holiday projects to be a capable NBA shooter and willing defender while coming from a family with an NBA pedigree.
Prior to the injury, Porter was widely regarded as the potential No. 1 overall pick.
The Nuggets, however, decided Porter was worth the risk after doing their research.
We poured over the medical records again and had our doctors there, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said. We had quite a bit of information at our fingertips and we kind of vet as much as you can and make an informed decision. Is it well worth the risk? Will he return to the level of play he was prior to injury? We feel good about that.
Porter’s status remains unclear as he explained during his introductory press conference that whether he plays in the team’s summer league will be up to coach Michael Malone. He said, I could play, but I could be even healthier.