With the NBA Draft just days away, some change ups in the projected first round are being made. Joel Embiid is projected to lose the No. 1 spot and could move down to at least the No. 10 spot, thanks to an ankle injury that required surgery.
With Embiid being moved down, that is rising Jabari Parker’s draft stock. Several updated mock drafts have Parker going as the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick behind Embiid’s former teammate Andrew Wiggins.
So what does Parker do to celebrate? He went to visit Embiid during his recovery… and there’s an Instagram post to prove it.
Embiid later reposted the same photo with “recovery going well…. My boy came through to check on me…”
The reason why the projected draft order is changing so much is because of the Embiid’s injury. Sources told ESPN’S Chad Ford that Embiid fractured his navicular bone—the bone located at the top of the foot, just above the arch—could take anywhere from four to six months to heal completely, with Embiid returning to the court for gameplay in around eight months.
This bone matters because it “is a critical bone for anything that requires power, running or jumping,” according to SI.com
“With that type of injury, I wouldn’t take [Embiid] in the Top 10,” said a Western Conference executive to SI.com’s Chris Mannix.
Parker is projected to be drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Milwaukee Bucks now, barring any trades or unlikely events. Both of these franchises would benefit greatly from drafting Parker, but there’s uncharted territory that comes with being drafted to Milwaukee. [I wrote about that earlier here.]
Whatever happens on Thursday, I’d be counting on Parker going in the top two, unless something absolutely crazy happens.