2014 NBA Draft Debate: Jabari Parker Or Andrew Wiggins?

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Nov 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) dunks over Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) during the second half at United Center. The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Duke Blue Devils 94-83. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

It’s one of the more polarizing topics in the 2014 NBA Draft, one of those discussions that can quickly turn into an argument if you feel strongly enough about it. Something that has people divided into two different camps, both trying to state their case for why their position is more valid.

Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. They will forever be linked together throughout their basketball careers. The top two recruits in college basketball, changing positions on who was the top recruit a number of times. Considered the top two players in college basketball for much of the season, both taking the claim as the best player in the country at some point.

Now, they are considered two of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, many having different feelings on who is the better NBA prospect.

These two players, while not as polarizing as say LeBron James or John Cena, have gained the attention of everyone involved with basketball. There are those who feel Wiggins is a better draft prospect because of his future potential.

Others feel that Parker is the better prospect because of what he brings to the table now.

This conversation is one I have had numerous times with fellow Hoops Habit writer Frankie Hobbs. I consider Frankie a friend of mine and we don’t often disagree on topics such as this, so when it first became a topic that we couldn’t see eye to eye on, the fear of it becoming a blown out of proportion argument took place.

However, because we are civilized people with respect for each other, we have decided to put our cards on the table and just hash it out.

No, this is not a First Take style debate, it’s an actual debate with two (yes, TWO) normal people who are able to think coherently. We differ on opinions here, so we’re going to put our thoughts out there for everybody else as well.

Frankie will be explaining why he feels that Andrew Wiggins is the better prospect for the 2014 NBA Draft.

I will be defending Jabari Parker.

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