As we have been in full coverage of the Cleveland Cavaliers have a big decision when it comes to the #1 overall pick. There are rumors of deals, ideas of deals and hopes of deals that involve the pick. There are 3 players that seem to fit to be drafted there, but that all present with their limitations. In the midst of it all, with very little actual information, NBA Mock Draft posts are made. Chad Ford of ESPN, who has a lot more information then most, put up his NBA Mock Draft 7.0 today (Insider, Costs $).
Before you click there I also encourage you to click here on a great Fear The Sword article (opens in new window) about possible first round pick Joel Embiid and how scary it would be to pick him, and to not pick him. They did a great job in succinctly hitting on all the issues. Now on to Ford’s Mock Draft:
1 Joel Embiid Cleveland Cavaliers (33 – 49) COLLEGE: Kansas HT: 7-0 WT: 250 POS: C
Wiggins, Parker and Embiid all are in the mix here. On lottery night, a Cavs source told me that they had Parker ranked highest on their board all year because of his ability to come in and make an immediate impact and believe Embiid has the most upside of anyone in the draft and fits a long-term need for them. However, the source felt that Wiggins in the end would be the compromise pick — someone who has both elite upside as well as a player who can play (especially defensively) impactful minutes right out of the gate.
That said, if Embiid is cleared by the Cavs’ doctors, and if general manager David Griffin can convince owner Dan Gilbert to be patient and wait on Embiid, I think he gets the nod here. But those are still two big ifs. While Embiid certainly looked healthy enough during a workout in Santa Monica, Calif., a few weeks ago, until the Cavs’ doctors green light him, we just don’t know. And Gilbert is anxious for the Cavs to be a playoff team. Drafting the guy who’s likely to have the least impact next season is going to be a tough sell. At the end of the day I think the Cavs would prefer to trade the pick, but unless they are getting someone like Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge in return, I don’t think they pull the trigger.
A very interesting first paragraph that ends with Andrew Wiggins being the compromise pick. He is a huge upside player that could be a lock down defender right away. He also may be able to quickly become a catch and shoot type of player as well. Parker could work right away, and we covered him earlier today, but Embiid is the big that could be dominate for years to come. There are quite a few great wings in the league, and more coming in every day. A big with those kind of feet, moves and shot blocking ability are rare.
Yet back injuries tend to fester and 7 footers go against the bodies natural design to some extent, which leads to them breaking down more often. Embiid is the risky pick, Parker is the low floor safe pick and Wiggins could be just another small forward in the league. Yet all 3 could be dominate, franchise changing players. Before the Draft Lottery Cavs fans could only beg for this tough of a decision.
Who is your pick?