NEW YORK — Kansas small forward Andrew Wiggins was taken first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA draft, Friday.
The Cavs went for a freshman from Canada to open the draft for the second straight year and hopes Wiggins works out better than 2013 first overall Anthony Bennett.
Bennett was injured last summer, came into the season out of shape and made no impact, one of the reasons the Cavs got the number one pick again.
Wiggins appears to be more NBA-ready after averaging a University of Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points. He undoubtedly became the best option for the Cavs when Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid, chosen third overall but was projected to be the top pick, suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.
LA Times reported that before his freshman season at Kansas, Wiggins was seen as the best NBA prospect since LeBron James, so good that Sports Illustrated put him on the cover in comparison to Jayhawks legend Wilt Chamberlain. Then, the season started.
Defensively, he was superb, but offensively, Wiggins was erratic. He finished the year averaging a hair over 17 points and six rebounds a game, which is good for most players but apparently not good enough for the second coming of LeBron. Regardless, going into draft day he was almost guaranteed to go in the top three.
“I still want to go No. 1,” Wiggins said. “I think that’s more of the competitive side for me. Just wanting to be better than
everyone else, not wanting anyone above me. It’d be a dream come true. That is one of the reasons. To be the best and to conquer.”
List of NBA Draft 2014 Top Ten Overall
No. 1: Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins, small forward from Kansas
No. 2: Milwaukee Bucks, Jabari Parker, small forward from Duke
No. 3: Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid, center from Kansas
No. 4: Orlando Magic, Aaron Gordon, power forward from Arizona
No. 5: Utah Jazz, Dante Exum, point guard, Australia
No. 6: Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart, point guard from Oklahoma State
No. 7: Los Angeles Lakers, Julius Randle, power forward from Kentucky
No. 8: Sacramento Kings, Nik Stauskas, shooting guard from Michigan
No. 9: Charlotte Hornets, Noah Vonleh, power forward from Indiana
No. 10: Philadelphia 76ers, Elfrid Payton, point guard from La.-Lafayette
-JEFFREY D. CONSULTADO
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