The NBA Draft is this Thursday!
No that is not the whole article, just a poke at a article from a few years back. I do expect the NBA Draft to happen this Thursday but this will be much more detailed then that. Important to understand that this is what I expect to happen given all the information we have, inferences into what we know of David Griffin and all the different rumors that have been spread. This is not what I want to happen per se, though I am pretty excited for all the possibilities for the Cavs on Thursday and this off-season. Without further build up:
With the First Pick in the 2014 NBA Draft the Cleveland Cavaliers Select….
Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is ready now to play defense in the league and his offense has its usage to start off with. While many point to Jabari Parker as most NBA ready that is only from the other side of the floor from Wiggins. Parker’s offense is ready but defense is severely lacking. It seems Wiggins offensive floor is high while Parker’s defensive floor is much lower. With David Blatt coming in his offensive system should help role players score and be put in positions to succeed. The Spurs system made Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw and others seem more then competent on offense. Wiggins can run the floor, shoot a bit, slash to the hole, finish alley oops and the form on his shot is good enough to be a spot up shooter.
I do not believe that Wiggins will remain with the Cavaliers though on draft night. The other reason the Cavs make this pick is that Wiggins is the player every team would be trading for. Reports are even the Utah Jazz, if they traded up to #1, would be for Wiggins. The Cavs select the player they think could play well for their team then have all the leverage in trade discussions during and right after the draft. Think about the Chris Webber and Penny Hardaway (apologies for the cheesy background music):