The possible Joel Embiid foot break heard round the world--not that of Kentucky forward Julius Randle--may change the way the Utah Jazz select the player they want with the No. 5 overall pick at the 2014 NBA Draft.
The story, first reported by ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman on Thursday, June 19 was the first clue that the Jazz may still yet have a player of Embiid’s caliber slide down to No. 5--hereby putting a wrench in the 2014 NBA Draft Order.
Or, the order will stay the way it is--with the exception of Embiid--and Utah will still get the player it thought it would get in the first place, which is why it's good the Jazz have already worked out Indiana forward Noah Vonleh, Arizona forward Aaron Gordon and Kentucky forward Julius Randle. One thing is for sure, this breaking news makes things awfully interesting going into the draft.
Keep in mind, Embiid is reported in several mock drafts to still go to Orlando at No. 4 even if the worst is confirmed and he needs surgery on his foot. So there is no guarantee that the player Jazz fans seem to want--Duke star Jabari Parker--would slide to No. 5 on account of Embiid tumbling down the draft order.
In fact, the likelihood of that happening is less because Cleveland, Milwaukee and Philadelphia--who currently hold the top three picks--would probably pick guards and small forwards as opposed to centers and power forwards.
Meaning that the route that the Jazz have already taken to bring in mostly power forwards in consideration of their No. 5 pick was probably the safest. Here are the five most likely players the Jazz will select at the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft at their current No. 5 spot--provided that either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari don’t break their clavicle between now and the draft.