For the second year in a row the Sixers are taking a wait and see approach to their top selection in the NBA Draft.

The Sixers of course chose Kansas center Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft despite a stress fracture in his right foot one year after taking Nerlens Noel after the Kentucky center suffered a torn ACL and was forced to sit out his entire rookie season.

Friday, Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie outlined a similar plan for Embiid to the one that allowed Noel to miss an entire season in order to fully rehab before making his anticipated debut this summer in the Orlando Summer league.

"I've seen reported some 4-6 months," Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said of Embiid's timetable Friday. "That's not the number I heard, the number I heard from the surgeon himself was 5-8 months.

"We will focus on the long term health of the player. That's all that matters. Will we be smart about that? Of course. Will we be patient? yes. If he can remain healthy he can have a fantastic NBA career."