We’re just three days away from the 2014 NBA Draft, and mock drafts are running wild all across the interwebs.
Last week, the consensus was that former Kansas Jayhawks center, Joel Embiid, would be the Cleveland Cavaliers pick at number one overall. However, things changed very quickly over the week when news broke about Embiid’s foot injury.
Reports indicate that the superstar prospect under went surgery for a fracture in his foot, and could possibly miss up to the entire 2014-15 season. Most speculate that this could cost Embiid the top spot, and see him fall as far as 6th to the Boston Celtics.
So, with Embiid now slipping, his former teammate, Andrew Wiggins, moves back up to the No. 1 pick.
Drew Packham of NBA.com, put together an article in which he combined 12 different mock drafts from all across the internet to determine the consensus number one pick. Using the most common picks, he adds up the numbers on how many times that said player is taken at that spot.
For instance, based on the most common picks, Andrew Wiggins goes number one overall because he received 7 number 1 picks out of the 12 mock drafts.
Wiggins was the first pick in Draft Express, ESPN, Sporting News, Sheridan Hoops, NBA Draft.net, NBA Draft Insider, and CBS Sports mock drafts.
I mean, it makes sense.
The Cavs are trying to make their roster more appealing in case there is a chance to bring LeBron James back when or if he becomes a free agent this summer. While Embiid would/could be their dominant post presence, Wiggins would still be a solid pick that has potential to be one of, if not the, best players in the NBA within the next 3 years.
Nicknamed, “Maple Jordan” because of his Canadian roots, 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. (stats via sportsreference.com/cbb)
If the Cavs do decide to take Wiggins, he’ll be paired up with 2011 number one overall pick, Kyrie Irving. Those two alone could be the start of something good in Cleveland, whether LeBron does leave Miami for them (a long shot) or not.
If Wiggins or Embiid is selected by Cleveland with that first pick, that would make for only the second time that a Kansas Jayhawk was selected number one overall (Danny Manning 1988 being the 1st).
Wiggins at number one makes sense but, if we learned anything from last years draft it’s that, Cleveland is capable of anything.