Through the first three games of this season, Joel Embiid has looked like an All-Star caliber player. He has shown to be the complete package on both sides of the court. However, Bill Simmons of the Ringer just revealed that the Boston Celtics had made a strong effort to trade up in the 2014 NBA Draft to get him.
“The Celtics were trying to trade the sixth pick that year, which ended up being Marcus Smart. They were trying to trade the sixth pick and the Brooklyn pick (17th overall pick) to move up to three to pick Embiid even though he was hurt.”
Remember, Embiid at the time was viewed as a promising prospect that was viewed to have some similar qualities to Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. Despite being injured, there were multiple teams that were interested in his services. So it’s not surprising to hear that the Celtics were highly intrigued by the former Kansas product.
That said, Embiid now has a chance to become the face of the franchise for the Philadelphia 76ers. The 22-year-old clearly has a bright future ahead of him, and once Ben Simmons returns there’s the potential to develop something special in Philadelphia. For now, Embiid has proven to be worth all the wait.