Chad Ford: If their doctors are confident that he won't have ongoing issues with his back? Yes. I think Embiid has the potential to be the best player at his position in three to five years. The Cavs have Anderson Varejao in the middle, but he's 32 and in the final year of his contract. If you want to build a title contender for the future, then having an All-Star-caliber point guard and an All-Star-caliber center is the way to go. But the Cavs need to be patient. Embiid isn't ready to dominate yet. I'm not sure how much he really helps them in Year 1. If their owner is not willing to give Embiid the playing time he needs to develop, then they should take Andrew Wiggins, who has similar upside but can make an automatic impact. Jay Bilas: Ten or 20 years ago, you would pick a center as the No. 1 overall selection. Now the game has changed so much over the years, it is less about a dominant player in the pivot than in the past. Still, I would not turn down Embiid's enormous potential, which conjures up a young Hakeem Olajuwon. Every time you see Embiid, he adds something new and has more to his game. His footwork, skill level, touch and athleticism have your jaw on the floor. As long as his back is not an issue -- and it doesn't seem to be -- Embiid would be the guy. Wiggins has great potential too, and Jabari Parker is the "safe pick" in the short run, but I would go with Embiid.
Should Embiid go No. 1 overall?
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