In case you didn’t know, the Cleveland Cavaliers own the number one pick for the third time in four years and have the opportunity to add “the next LeBron James“ type of player to their roster again.
The Cavs are trying to make their roster more appealing in case there is a chance to bring the actual LeBron back when he becomes a free agent this summer.
That’s a story line that isn’t going to die anytime soon.
Anyway, Mannix has Andrew Wiggins as his number one overall pick. Wiggins is an extremely athletic 6-foot-8, 200 lb guard/forward who, with a little more work, could become a dominating player at the professional level. Here’s what SI had to say about the pick,
The Cavaliers will be tempted to take Wiggins’ college teammate Joel Embiid because of his defensive potential at center. But the possibility of pairing Wiggins, an electrifying athlete who has a chance to be an impact player at both ends of the floor, with the first pick in the 2011 draft, point guard Kyrie Irving, is too good to pass up.
Wiggins really wowed scouts at the NBA combine when he showed off his amazing vertical of 44-inches. So wait, he’s 6-foot-8 and has a 44-inch vertical? That means he could dunk on a 20-foot goal!? ESPN’s Chad Ford posted the iconic picture on twitter,
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) May 16, 2014
While with the Jayhawks, Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game, showing his ability to make almost any play on the court. If the Cavs do decide to take Wiggins, he’ll be paired up with 2011 number one overall pick, Kyrie Irving. Could you imagine that tandem? (stats via sportsreference.com/cbb)
Cleveland’s lineup would look something like this; Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins- giving them loads of young talent. That lineup would be very hard to stop on a nightly basis.
If Wiggins is selected by Cleveland with that first pick, that would make for only the second time that a Jayhawk was selected number one overall.
Since 1957, the Kansas basketball program has produced 71 NBA draft selections but only one (Danny Manning, 1988) has been selected with the very first pick. Statsheet.com has a complete list of every draft selection in KU basketball history.
Wiggins at number one makes sense but, if we learned anything from last years draft it’s that, Cleveland is capable of anything.