The Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers own the first three picks in the 2014 NBA Draft and both the Cavaliers and Bucks seem to prefer former Kansas big man Joel Embiid as their top pick.
The Philadelphia 76ers meanwhile have been a little less reluctant to suggest Embiid as a sure thing, seemingly having interest in Embiid’s college teammate, Andrew Wiggins. Of course, it’s hard to tell if the Bucks, sandwiched between the Cavaliers and Sixers are setting up smokescreens to draft Wiggins, which is why the Sixers have reportedly exchanged trade talks with the Cavaliers over the No. 1 pick.
Said one Eastern Conference scout: “He doesn’t run. He gallops. He glides. He flies.”
Said an Eastern Conference executive: “He runs and jumps as well as any of the athletes that we have in our league now.”
From a pure athletic standpoint, Wiggins as a rookie would very well be one of the best athletes in the game and would have no place to go but up which is why the Western Conference scout delivered such high praise.
Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t flaws within Wiggins’ game though we’ve seen a lot of players use their athletic advantages to make them elite players in the league.
Like with any draft pick, there’s always risk, especially for a guy with a game built off his physical gifts though Wiggins looks to be a real deal and a potential franchise superstar if the stars align correctly.