On Thursday night’s NBA Draft, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins was selected 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had been projected to a top-3 selection before the draft by experts around the association.
Wiggins arrived to the draft in style, as he definitely won the “most creative suit” award from the night.
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Including being best dressed, Andrew’s night could not have got any better. Usually when a prospect is drafted with the first pick, they are going to a team that is trying to rebuild. The Cavs won the NBA Lottery with a 1.7% chance of getting the #1 pick, the 9th most likely team entering the lottery night.
The Cavs already have a superstar in the making in young Kyrie Irving on the roster, along with up-and-coming guard Dion Waiters, last year’s #1 pick Anthony Bennett, and All-Star caliber forward Luol Deng. Adding Wiggins could make this team a legitimate Eastern Conference contender. Cleveland has been a mainstay in the lottery (meaning they have missed the playoffs) since LeBron James left town for Miami, and Wiggins could become their saving-grace.
Wiggins shares the fans excitement of ending up in Cleveland.
Wiggins will be able to start in the NBA from day 1. His size, athleticism, and basketball IQ will all translate perfectly into the Cavs system. He will likely be the starting small forward for the Cavs in their first game of next season, starting over both Anthony Bennett and unrestricted free agent Luol Deng.
Wiggins’ upside is through the roof and has often been compared to Tracy McGrady, Paul George, and a young LeBron James.With upside like this, new head coach David Blatt will be forced to put him in the lineup and give him 30+ minutes-per-game in his rookie season. He will fit well with Irving and the rest of the Cavs young lineup, and will probably score somewhere in the teens and add eight or so rebounds per game.
Wiggins’ outlook is very bright, and now thanks to him, so is Cleveland’s.
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