The most interesting comparison I heard a scout make about Joel Embiid was this is what people expected Greg Oden to be, before Oden’s body betrayed him.
But do you see some Hakeem Olajuwon in his game?
Olajuwon does, and he has nothing but praise for the rookie, as you can see in this video via the NBA’s Twitter account.
I can see it in terms of mobility — Embiid is agile for a big man. He’s also a good passer and has a good feel for the game.
But he’d be the first to admit he has a long way to go to be in the same club with one of the greatest centers ever to play the game. Embiid needs to become a much better defender, and he needs a lot more polish on the offensive end.
Embiid has the potential to get there. That’s what we all see.