Sixers take Embiid 3rd on busy draft night

By Associated Press 12:44am, June 27, 2014
The Philadelphia 76ers have selected injured Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid with the third pick of the NBA draft.

Embiid had surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, and could miss anywhere up to a full season depending on how rehabilitation goes.

The versatile 7-footer had a fantastic freshman season with the Jayhawks, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while blocking 72 shots to earn Big 12 defensive player of the year honors.

Embiid already had some health questions, mostly regarding a balky back. Now he's had foot surgery and could be out for up to six months.

The 76ers later selected Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Elfrid Payton with the 10th pick of the NBA draft, but traded him to Orlando for Croatia's Dario Saric, the 12th pick.

Saric was named 2013 FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year and averaged 16.7 points per game in helping Cibona VIP to a league title.

He also competed for Croatia's national team in the 2013 Eurobasket qualifying round.

The Philadelphia 76ers capped a busy night with five picks in the second round.

They drafted Clemson forward K.J. Daniels with the 32nd overall pick, Syracuse forward Jerami Grant with the 39th pick, Louisville guard Russ Smith at 47, Vasilije Micic was 52nd and fellow Serbian guard Nemanja Dangubic was 54th.


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