Joel Embiid has been one of the best stories of the 2016-17 NBA season thus far. The former No. 3 overall pick is finally healthy – though he is currently battling a left knee contusion – and leads the Philadelphia Sixers with 19.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Only 22, Embiid has a ton of potential.
But so does Karl-Anthony Towns, who, at 21, leads the Minnesota Timberwolves with 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
So, if you had the choice, which player would you buy stock in over the next decade?
“I think if I was trying to hit the market, get in and get out, I would (pick) Karl-Anthony Towns,” NBA-TV analyst Steve Smith said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “But I think long-term, if you were just trying to place your money and see if he can hit it big and have something to leave for your family and kids, I think you would buy low with Joel Embiid and look at it and say, ‘It might turn into one of those Google or Microsoft stocks.’ So either guy, you can’t go wrong, but I think right now I would probably go Karl-Anthony Towns, just because the injury scare of Joel Embiid is something that you got to question. He’s still only playing 28 minutes. He’s not playing back-to-backs, but he’s surely exciting. But right now, I’ll buy Karl-Anthony Towns, but I’ll definitely be looking at that stock very closely in Joel Embiid.”
DA loved that analogy. If you get in on the ground floor with Embiid, the sky’s the limit, whereas Towns is likely the safer investment.
“Karl-Anthony Towns is kind of like Coke,” Smith said. “He’s going to be steady.”