Feb 22, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) and guard Andrew Wiggins (22) speak with media after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 85-54. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Draft: Cavaliers says first pick remains wide open


Following an Andrew Wiggins workout, Sam Amico of Fox Sports says the number one pick for the 2014 NBA Draft has yet to be decided and it’s wide open.

For the last few weeks it’s been either Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid for the Cleveland Cavaliers, both of whom played on the same team in college. Embiid seems to be ahead in the race for being drafted first overall, but Wiggins doesn’t seem too far behind.

Each play fits perfectly into the Cavaliers roster, even with no head coaching available to have implemented a system. Embiid, based on his collegiate showing, will be an all-around talent at the five spot, being able to score, defend, and create for his teammates in the low-post. Wiggins automatically fills the void at small forward that Luol Deng left behind, expecting to be a solid defender and secondary perimeter scorer alongside Kyrie Irving.

Each has their flaws. Embiid’s back injury is the ultimate red flag, though during his workout with the Cavaliers last week, Embiid’s back checked out. For Wiggins, there are questions about what kind of scorer he can be on the pro level and on his aggression. At Kansas, Wiggins was forced to play in a shoddy offensive system that limited his assertiveness, creating a cause for concern that’s quite overblown when assessing the Canadian.

Embiid seems like he’ll be the number one overall pick, but there will be no surprise if Cleveland goes with Wiggins.


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