Joel Embiid has fun with Nerlens Noel during warm ups prior to a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 10, 2016. At long last, from the sound of things, fans of the Philadelphia 76ers might this season — possibly, potentially, with a little bit of luck, maybe — actually get a look at that rarest and most imagination-captivating of theoretical beings: a fully healthy Joel Embiid. The 7-foot-2 Cameroonian prospect, whom the Sixers selected out of Kansas with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft despite pre-draft fractures in his lower back and foot, was front and center during the Sixers’ Beach Bash in Avalon, N.J., this weekend.
Rookie of the Year, best playmaker, best defender and funniest. Kris Dunn even received a vote for best shooter despite his jumper holding him back in pre-draft evaluations. Dunn – the Timberwolves’ No. 5 pick – cleaned up in the NBA’s annual rookie survey. But when it came to the most important question, Brandon Ingram – the Lakers’ No. 2 pick – claimed the top spot: Which rookie will have the best career? 1. Brandon Ingram, L.A. Lakers — 26.7% 2. Kris Dunn, Minnesota — 16.7% 3. Buddy Hield, New Orleans — 13.3% T-4. Dragan Bender, Phoenix — 6.7% Jaylen Brown, Boston — 6.7% Jamal Murray, Denver — 6.7% Ben Simmons, Philadelphia — 6.7% Others receiving votes: Dejounte Murray, San Antonio; Dario
Earlier this summer, we told you the story of Collin Sexton, how the 6-foot-2 Georgia native went from being a mid-major recruit to a five-star prospect being courted by the likes of Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Villanova. It’s because he’s a bucket-getter. RELATED: Making A Five Star