With the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select…. Andrew Wiggins. This is not only a victory for the Cavaliers front office, but for the fans as well.The Cavaliers had their choice of over 60 players, but the consensus around the league was that only 3 players were truly being considered: Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, and of course, Andrew Wiggins. While all three have superstar potential, only one fit the needs of the Cavaliers perfectly: Andrew Wiggins.
For starters, the addition of Andrew Wiggins can potentially be enough to lure King James back to Cleveland. The Miami Heat often appeared sluggish and old during the playoffs, and their inability to perform without James on the floor could be enough to make him want out, and who could blame him? LeBron could have the chance to join the young, super athletic squad of Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao. LeBron and the Cavaliers would immediately become a dominant force in the Eastern Conference, and perennial NBA Finals contenders.
Another reason the Cavaliers selection of Wiggins was a victory is that of the three top prospects, he fits best with the team. Those who advocated for selecting Jabari Parker said that the Cavaliers have a void at small forward that needs filled, where as they already have a solid SG in Dion Waiters. However, Parker needs the ball in his hand to contribute, and the Cavaliers already have two players who struggle sharing touches in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. The selection of Parker would only complicate the offense even more. The selection of Wiggins would allow Waiters to come off the bench, where he is more effective anyways. In certain scenarios, Wiggins could even slide over to the 3 position if the Cavaliers want to go with a smaller line up. In any case, Wiggins doesn't need the ball to help the team win, as he is a solid wing defender and a great transition scorer.
The last reason the Cavaliers selection of Wiggins was the right choice can be summed up into one word: potential. The former Kansas Freshman possesses the highest upside of the three prospects, and measured in with at 6'8" with a 7'0" wingspan, per www.draftexpress.com. He also posted a 44 inch vertical during a pre-draft workout, via usatoday.com. Combine those impressive measurements with Wiggins driving ability and you see why so many analysts are in awe at the player he could develop into.
Wiggins is already a solid defender, but it is his offense that needs to be improved. Enter David Blatt. The ex-head coach of Macabib Tel Aviv is known as being one of greatest offensive minds on the planet. Aside from that, Blatt is also known for getting the most out of his players. If the new Cavaliers Head Coach can affectively share his offensive knowledge with the 19 year old, Wiggins could shine early and often.
The Cavaliers need a player who can help them win immediately. Parker would not receive enough touches to be an impact player, and Embiid won't be able to contribute anywhere from to 3-6 months due to a recent foot surgery. This leaves Andrew Wiggins. The super athletic 19 year old from Kansas can help improve an already solid transition game and lock down wing players on the defense side. Wiggins possesses the highest potential of the three prospects, and projects to be a perennial all-star. The Cavaliers made the right choice with their number one pick, and they may have just found the most polarizing player since, well, LeBron James.