1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Position: Small Forward
Age/Class: 19, Freshman
Height, Weight, Wingspan: 6’8”, 200 pounds , 7’0”
2013-14 Season Stats: 22.55 PER, 32.8 MPG, 17.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.0 BPG
A gifted athlete with extraordinary leaping ability and physical tools, Andrew Wiggins has the potential to become a two-way star at the next level and after an up-and-down freshman year finds himself back at the top of the 2014 draft.
Wiggins shared the court with an extremely talented Kansas roster but still managed to lead the team with 17.1 points per game to go along with 5.9 rebounds. He still needs to improve his ability to create shots off the dribble and there were some questions over his assertiveness on the offensive end at times, but he still showed the ability to absolutely take over a game even as a freshman.
With former Jayhawk teammate Joel Embiid going down with injury just before the draft, Wiggins suddenly firms as the favorite for the No. 1 pick and may have the highest ceiling of any player in the 2014 draft. The ability to become a force on both ends of the floor is what separates the truly elite players from the All-Stars and Wiggins has the raw tools to become a special player.
Wiggins has only worked out for teams in the top three and is a now seemingly a lock to go at No. 1 or No. 2.
The Cavaliers defied the odds in the draft lottery and landed their third No.1 pick in just four years. It seemed as though the Cavs were firming on Embiid with the top pick but with their medical staff discovering his injury, it appears unlikely that they will risk it with the injury-plagued big man.
The Cavs are built around All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and have a number of talented young role players on the roster. With veteran forward Luol Deng likely departing via free agency, Wiggins would immediately be able to fill the small forward position and become part of a tremendous young core in Cleveland.
Who/What Else Will They Consider?
All signs were pointing towards Embiid being the pick here so they may still consider the big man despite the injuries.
More than likely though, if they want Embiid they could trade down, potentially to the 76ers at No. 3 or the Jazz at No. 5. Jabari Parker and Dante Exum will also be in the running for the No.1 pick right up until a name is called on June 26.