As we have in the past for the NFL Draft, we love to cover some of the measureables and analytics that go into the NBA Draft as well. ESPN’s Sports Science does a great job of breaking down interesting characteristics of prospects entering upcoming drafts. Today we take a look at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ possible first pick Andrew Wiggins.
Wiggins’ athletic ability is well known and is possibly the biggest reason he was being touted as the next LeBron James when he was still in high school. His ability to run and jump are impressive for his size and should help him transition to the next level. Concerns related to Wiggins are not often of the things that can be easily measured but those measurables will sure make it difficult to pass up on Wiggins in the NBA Draft.
In the following Sports Science video Wiggins is compared to Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, James, and “average NBA centers.” The genetic lineage is also huge as his father and mother were also all sport athletes. Wiggins still will grow, in height and body mass as well as NBA maturity, but its his measureables that will help him develop quickly and overcome some of his early weaknesses. We will take a look at the comparisons following the video:
So should the Cavs draft a player that has the stride of Durant, the speed of Paul and the reach of James? Sound like a perfect combination right? What can’t be measured easily is his heart, desire and passion for the game. Could his laid back personality fit right in with a talented, but immature backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters or could he fall flat when his athletic ability isn’t able to carry him?