2014 NBA Draft: Cavs select Andrew Wiggins with No. 1 pick

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NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma

Had he been able to come out a year earlier, Andrew Wiggins may have been added with the selection that ultimately went to Anthony Bennett. One GM was on record saying that Wiggins was so good, he would’ve been the first pick in the last seven NBA Drafts. Maybe it was fate? Maybe it was just luck. Either way, Wiggins, the Brampton, Ontario native, is the newest addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers having been selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. nba-draft-news-cavs-andrew-wiggins

Though the hype train was full steam ahead, Wiggins underwhelmed a bit during his lone season at Kansas, averaging 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a consensus second-team All-America pick. He is a prototypical wing athlete, providing a jaw-dropping marriage of grace and power in a long, lean frame. With a seven-foot wing span and the ability to guard a variety of positions, Wiggins will be able to step in and immediately contribute on the defensive end.

Wiggins is an out-of-this-world athlete who can score in myriad ways, but will have to refine his offensive game to truly be a superstar at the NBA level. Neither Wiggins or Parker will step in and produce All-World numbers, but if any player has the chance to, it’s the kid from Kansas. The trendy comparison for Wiggins at this stage is Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, who averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds as a freshman against WAC competition. His floor, at this point, appears to be that of cup-of-coffee Cavalier forward Luol Deng.

At the very least, the analytics were in his favor. Now the fun begins.

[Related: WFNY Film Room: A look at Andrew Wiggins]

Photo Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

  • RGB
  • Lunch

    Welcome to the Cavs, Wiggins. Will he stay? Took a while to make a selection though.

  • LilBoyBlue

    If “Cavaliers” ever becomes controversial, they could easily change to the Cleveland Canadians.

  • Tron

    Wished it was Parker

  • RGB

    They were probably trying to squeeze some extra underpants out of Philly.

  • Lunch

    Let’s see where Joel Embiid goes to.

  • Lunch

    Philly? Along with Noel? Very Interesting.
    (Now watch, Cavs trade….)

  • whosevelt

    SIGH OF RELIEF

  • Oh Canada

    If they already are between the owner rehiring a head coach only to fire him a year later and by drafting Bennett a year ago.

  • Oh Canada

    Ditto. Gilbert already tweeted how about Waiters?

  • RGB

    He’s still a wiener, but somebody must have pulled him aside and said “Hey, Bill, don’t be a douchebag this year, ok?”

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    “Draft day A.wiggins congratz!!!!”

  • DJ

    Last year, I was lamenting that Wiggins wasn’t in the draft. This year I should be giddy, but held out hope that Cleveland would still drop and take Embiid. Either way, I like the pick. I would’ve been ticked if they picked Parker, who seems like another Carmelo Anthony (all offense, no defense). We already have a high profile guy who is a turnstile on D; don’t need another one.

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    As previously stated, I love that pairing. Big if on getting both healthy, but, man, is that a dynamic frontcourt.