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Cleveland Cavaliers select Andrew Wiggins: Instant reaction and analysis

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Andrew Wiggins is going to be wearing a Cavs jersey! What do we think of the pick?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers did the right thing by taking Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. After shocking everybody last year with the selection of Anthony Bennett, the Cavs thought long and hard about doing something complicated with the #1 pick this year. But in the end, they kept it simple and took the best prospect on the board in Wiggins.

How does Wiggins fit with the Cavs?

He fits perfectly. He slides into the small forward position right away because Luol Deng will likely leave in free agency. He adds length, athleticism, and defensive ability on the wing. His offensive game isn't as refined as that of Jabari Parker, but that's okay. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters have more than enough ability to create shots and find open teammates.

Wiggins needs to work on his ball-handling and his aggressiveness on the offensive end and the Cavs will give him time to do that. He won't be the #1 option right away because defenses will still be focused on Kyrie Irving. He'll be able to use his extreme athleticism and quickness to score on cuts, straight-line drives to the basket, and in transition.

The Cavaliers' new head coach David Blatt is a big proponent of movement off the ball and I'm sure that he's never had a player as athletic as Wiggins. Watching Blatt draw up plays to get Wiggins free and slashing to the basket should be immensely enjoyable.

There's no guarantee that Wiggins will be a superstar in this league, but he has so much potential that the Cavs simply could not pass on him. Due to his size and athleticism, he has a great chance to be the All Star next to Kyrie Irving that Cleveland needs.

What do you think of the Cavs' selection of Andrew Wiggins?