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Along with that tweet, which was in response to Kansas’ top incoming recruit Cliff Alexander, Embiid also tweeted back to a farewell tweet from teammate Jamari Taylor, “huh????”
So, clearly, Embiid is either playing his cards very close to his vest or he genuinely hasn’t decided yet.
Every team with a chance at the top overall pick, but especially the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks, are going to be eager to find out whether Embiid is in or out. Reports were that he would have been playing this weekend had the Jayhawks advanced, so he should be able to start participating in workouts right away if he does indeed declare. However, as the projected top overall selection, Embiid’s workouts will likely be limited and not before the draft combine in the middle of May.
He struggled with injuries late, but prior to his back and knee trouble Embiid showed a combination of agility, touch, length and explosiveness that makes him one of the most intriguing center prospects to come along in the last several years.
Ennis came into the season with significantly less hype than most of his classmates, but it wasn’t before long that he became one of the most likely candidates to be one-and-done. He helped guide Syracuse to an undefeated season through February. Although they did not finish as strong as they would have liked to, few point guards in the country were as good as Ennis was this season. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Most impressive was his assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.22:1.
Look for Ennis to be the third point guard selected in the draft behind Marcus Smart and Dante Exum. He has an uphill battle to contend with them in team’s eyes because they’re so much bigger and athletic, but Ennis is the truest point guard of the group. He shouldn’t slip past the lottery. If he does, it won’t be by much at all.
With pressure mounting and outside criticism piling up at a high rate, Jackson needed the vote of confidence that Curry gave him on Wednesday. Still, it’s only going to go so far. Curry has pull within the Golden State Warriors’ organization, his voice means a lot, but it’s still ultimately up to Jackson to prove that he is the right man for the job.
He’s doing a good job of ignoring the fact that his contract does not go beyond next season, downplaying the situation every time he’s asked about it. The likelihood is, though, that Jackson will never see that year without a strong finish this season.
Warriors ownership went out and made a series of aggressive moves both during the summer and at the trade deadline to field the best team possible. Yet, the team hasn’t played up to its potential. Whether he’s solely to blame or not, Jackson will be the scapegoat if they don’t make some major noise in the playoffs. There are a lot of quality head coaches out on the market without a job right now and without any long-term attachment to Jackson, upgrading at his position is the simplest way to implement impactful change.
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