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 Posted: Wed Apr 17th, 2019 04:10 am
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freebirdsforever2001
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tamalie wrote: I guess you need take chances but the Sixers made some gambles that didn't pan out and had some probable hits become misses. Noel was damaged goods that didn't pan out. They took MCW instead of Giannis. Fultz was a bust. Okafor was bust. Evan Turner was taken instead of Boogie. Noel, Simmons, and Embiid missed what should have been their rookie seasons entirely and Fultz missed the vast majority of his. I'm not sure if this is what they had in mind for the Process.

Looking more closely at Embiid, who is the key to it all, he missed all of what should have been his first and second seasons and most of his actual rookie season that should have been his third. Embiid has played in only 38.5% of the games since he was drafted if you count those two entirely missed seasons. Drop the missed seasons to count only the three seasons in which he's played and Embiid has taken the floor in 64.2% of the games with no more than 64 in any one season so far.  

By comparison, Bill Walton is considered one of the truly lost NBA superstars whose career was ruined by injuries. In his four season career prime with the Blazers, he played in 63.7% of the games and never more than 65 in a season. Given the injuries Embiid has faced, that is a scary thing to ponder for the 76ers especially given the investment in time and that enormous new contract.

Okafor's playing well in New Orleans ever since Davis went down with his "injury". He finished strong and he might be able to salvage a career. 



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