Don’t be delusional. With his injury history, there is no way Embiid plays a full NBA season. Want a case study? Look no further than Greg Oden.
Oden came into the league with similar measurables to Embiid. Both were around 7’0 and 250 pounds. Before Oden even played in his rookie year, he had microfracture surgery on his right knee and never fully recovered. In six injury-plagued seasons with three season ending surgeries and an unending list of ailments, Oden never lived up to the hype he received. Embiid seems to be walking down this path.
Embiid is young, and he certainly has enough time to get completely heathy. But that is a lot of weight his bones are carrying. Even limiting his minutes didn’t stop him from getting hurt. After two season-ending surgeries on his foot and a meniscus tear, he is looking at a career of unfulfilled promises.
Embiid is 22 years old. 22 YEARS OLD. He is young, and he will fully heal fast enough to live up to all the hype.
These are all freak injuries that can happen to any basketball player. Embiid has just been unlucky, but he flashed his potential last year. He had 31 exciting games, and NBA fans even thought that the 76ers could make it out of the Eastern Conference basement for once.
Blake Griffin came back from a season ending injury his rookie year to become a star in the NBA. Did the Clippers give up on him? Hell no! Embiid has that kind of potential, and he will take all the necessary precautions to come back fully healthy to play an entire season.