2014 NBA Draft: Joel Embiid Scouting Report and Mixtape
Introducing the best big man in the 2014 NBA Draft class: Joel Embiid.
The 7’0″ center out of Cameroon rose to the top of mock draft boards after a strong freshman campaign with the Kansas Jayhawks, leading the Big 12 Conference in player efficiency rating, defensive rebounding percentage, total rebound percentage and defensive rating. The best part is – He’s only been playing organized basketball for two years!
- Position: C
- Birthday: 3/16/94
- School: Kansas
- Class: Freshman
- Height: 7-0
- Wingspan: 7-5
- Weight: 240
- 2013-2014 Stats: 11.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.6 BPG, 23.1 MPG, 62.6 FG%
As previously mentioned, Embiid has only played basketball for 2 years, but gained most of his elite athleticism and speed by playing other sports like volleyball and soccer. What’s really impressed scouts is how skilled he’s become on the offensive end, displaying an array of low post moves, short jump hooks and even a decent mid-range jumper. He keeps great balance offensively both with his back to the basket or facing the hoop and has great body control and lateral movement for a center of his size. Embiid also has the potential to be a defensive juggernaut at the next level, thanks to his superb physical tools (7’0″ and with a 7’5″ wingspan) and willingness to crash the glass on every possession.
Although he has grown into an exceptional center, there’s no doubt Embiid is still pretty raw overall and has a few things he can improve on if he’s going to become a force at the next level. For one, his shot selection. Sometimes Embiid was a little too assertive on the offensive end, settling for three pointers and well contested jumpers, so it’s vital he learns how to react to defenses better. He also struggles with turnovers, averaging nearly 5 a game per 40 minutes. And although Embiid has great potential on the defensive end, he still has difficulty covering larger centers, staying out of foul trouble and too often shies away from physical contact.
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