Jan 14, 2014; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Noah Vonleh (1) drives to the basket against Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Could Noah Vonleh Land In The Top Three?

After wrapping up his workout with the Utah Jazz on Monday, former Indiana big man Noah Vonleh will head to Philadelphia to work out for the 76ers, prior to the 2014 NBA Draft next Thursday. Vonleh is scheduled to workout for Philadelphia on Thursday morning.


The workout for Vonleh could end up being a big deal. Not only a big deal for Vonleh, but also could be a big deal for teams drafting right after Philadelphia.

Philadelphia holds the third overall pick, as well as the tenth overall pick in the first round. Vonleh is projected to go somewhere in the top seven come draft day. That being said, Vonleh won’t be around when the 76ers draft at ten.

So is Philadelphia really looking at possibly taking him at three? It actually is possible.

There seems to be a growing concern around the NBA after Kansas big man Joel Embiid, had quite a few red flags come up on his physical when he worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Embiid has been regarded as a for sure top three pick, if not the number one overall pick for quite some time now.

If Cleveland decides to pass on Embiid and go with Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, Embiid could potentially fall a ways. The Milwaukee Bucks will almost definitely take either who is left over between Wiggins and Parker, or could surprise people and go with Dante Exum. With the 76ers sitting at three, they would have to decide between most likely Exum, Embiid, and Vonleh.

Vonleh is a very lengthy big man who can spread the floor on offense. In the instances that I have watched his game, I have not fallen in love with the former Hoosier. However, he has been skyrocketing up draft boards and, different from Embiid, has not had any red flags come up that would make teams really pass on him.

If Vonleh goes to Philadelphia, the Magic would more than likely take Exum, as they desperately need a point guard to pair with Victor Oladipo. That leaves Embiid sitting on the board when the Utah Jazz are on the clock at five.

For the Jazz front office, the question comes up, do you take Embiid since he is there or do you go with a guy like Aaron Gordon, who you loved during his work out?

Most people would say to take Embiid because the back problem isn’t that big of an issue. In all honesty, it really is a big issue. Big men that have some back problems tend to have them linger. If that is the case for Embiid, his NBA career could potentially be over before it gets started. If his physical brought up that many red flags that Cleveland is very concerned, you can bet the rest of the league is just as concerned.

Vonleh’s workout Thursday morning with Philadelphia is very important for him. It could be very possible that he lands there at three. However, it all depends on Embiid. GM’s not concerned about it, then Embiid goes where he is supposed to. GM’s get concerned about it, and they will direct their attention to Vonleh.

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