76ers fans react to news via Twitter NBA Draft pick Joel Embiid could miss 5-8 months

Philadelphia fans and analysts alike react to the 76ers drafting the ex-Kansas big man.

Undoubtedly the biggest risk of the NBA Draft was the Philadelphia 76ers' decision to take Kansas center Joel Embiid with the third pick. After a fracture was found in the Cameroonian's foot before the draft he fell from the consensus number-one pick to possibly falling out of the top ten.

The Sixers grabbed Embiid even though he was said to be likely to miss 4-6 months. Now, Philadelphia General Manager Sam Hinkie says the timeframe for the 20-year-old's return is more like 5-8 months, meaning he will miss the majority, if not all, of next season.

On Twitter, NBA analysts reacted to the news that their top pick will almost certainly play no part for the second year in a row.

The reaction from Philly fans, however, has been almost universally positive as they put great trust in Hinkie's plan to build a solid team for years to come.

NBA GMs generally have a short shelf life - they are expected to win sooner rather than later and as a result they elect to make safe bets rather than play the long game. Clearly the Sixers have given Hinkie the time he needs, however, to build a good roster, and he also has the fans' backing to turn this team around.