Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Sixers choose Joel Embiid at No. 3, Payton at No. 10

For the second straight season the 76ers took a big man with an injury in the first round, an injury that will probably sideline him for the season.

The Sixers choose Joel Embiid at No. 3, Payton at No. 10

0 comments
Travel Deals

For the second straight season the 76ers took a big man with an injury in the first round, an injury that will probably sideline him for the season.

Apparently unable to move up from the third spot, the Sixers selected Kansas 7-foot center Joel Embiid, who suffered a stress fracture in his right foot last week that required surgery shortly after. The recovery time is 4 to 6 months, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the team held him out for the whole season, exactly what they did this past season with Nerlens Noel, who was recovering from ACL surgery.

The Sixers also had the 10th pick and surprised many by selecting Elfrid Payton, a 6-4 point guard out of Louisiana-Lafayette. If there was a position on the Sixers that seemed sort of secure, it was point guard, with rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams. Payton averaged 19.3 points this past season and is considered one of the top defenders in the draft.

Still, the talk of the night for the Sixers was the selection of Embiid.

More coverage
 
Pompey's projected Sixers lineup
 
Sixers' 2015 NBA Draft picks
 
VOTE: Were you happy with the 76ers top pick?
 
POLL: Thumbs up or down on the 76ers draft?
 
Forum: Does Hinkie have 76ers on right track?
 
Buy 76ers jerseys, memorabilia, and other gear
 
Latest Sixers videos

“Every time I watched Joel play, he impressed me, because he got better every time I saw him,” said former Kansas star Danny Manning, now head coach at Wake Forest. “He really has a presence defensively, has soft hands and is always continuing to improve his offense.”

 

Get the full Sixerville experience at PhillyDailyNews.com.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

Bob Cooney
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter