Since the day Andrew Wiggins reclassified and became part of the class of 2013, the debate between he and fellow small forward Jabari Parker over who would be the top overall pick began.
Both players attended high-profile schools with Wiggins going to Kansas and Parker attending Duke, so even more could have potentially been on the line.
Both schools flamed out with Duke losing to Mercer in the second round and Kansas bowing out to Stanford in the third.
Now that both players have declared for the draft, the debate is raging again.
Chad Ford, ESPN’s NBA Draft expert, would take Wiggins over Parker.
I think it’s going to be Wiggins. I think having elite size for position and elite athletic abilities give you an advantage at the pro level. Parker has neither. While Parker’s skill set is much more advanced than Wiggins, there isn’t anything in Wiggins’ game that can’t be fixed in a few years. Parker isn’t going to grow or become an elite athlete like Wiggins. That’s why you take him No. 1.
It seems pretty simple – if you want to take a chance on the more talented athlete, you take Wiggins and if you want more of a sure thing, you take Parker.