Joel Embiid has suffered stress fracture in right foot and slated for surgery on Friday, agent Arn Tellem says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Hard to exaggerate how much this Embiid news is throwing teams at the top of the draft for a loop. Week away, no one knows what to do.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 19, 2014
21. JORDAN HILL He only played 20 minutes per game under Mike D'Antoni, but the stats suggest Jordan Hill is actually pretty darn good as a roleplaying center. He's an excellent rebounder, a decent shotblocker and a solid scorer who shoots efficiently so long as he stays away from the long twos. On-off data isn't kind, though, and that should make teams hesitant to give him the farm. But he's potentially a Robin Lopez type for teams looking to add depth up front.
23. TREVOR ARIZA Contract Year Trevor Ariza is a thing. It landed Ariza a nice, fat contract back in 2009, and it will do the same in 2014. That's why I have him ranked lower than you might expect: His career shooting numbers are way different than his 2013-14 shooting numbers, and without an elite point guard like John Wall the assumption is that he'll be taking bad threes once again. Either way, Ariza is a fine defender, so he gets plenty of credit for that. If he's not hitting his shots, he offers little else on offense, however. Last season he shot well above league average. But he was below average -- sometimes massively so -- in each of the five previous seasons. With Ariza's shooting, you can look at last season or you can look at his NBA body of work. That determines how much value you find in him.
40. EMEKA OKAFOR Okafor missed 2013-14 with a severe neck injury, and it's unclear how ready he'll be to work out for teams in July. If he's ready to go, he'll deserve to be way higher on this list: He's an elite defensive center in a league where elite defensive centers have an inordinate impact on success. But his fitness is a big question mark, which means caution is in order in any contract.THE TOP 75 NBA FREE AGENTS