The Milwaukee Bucks are in full tank mode and if successful, they will have the highest chance to select first in the 2014 NBA Draft. Heading into the NCAA tournament, three players stood out as potential No. 1 picks: Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. After one weekend, it’s clear that selecting any one of the three brings risk; however, Wiggins is the best fit for Bucks.
Wiggin’s leap to the top of the order wasn’t necessarily his doing. Embiid hasn’t played since March 1 due to a back injury. Big men and back injuries are a scary thing; the Bucks know first hand the results of an oft-injured No. 1 draft pick (see: Andrew Bogut). The knock on Parker has been his lack of defense, a deficiency put on center stage when upset in the Round of 64. To make matters worse, Parker shot 4-for-14 and only scored 14 points.
That leaves Kansas Jayhawks‘ Wiggins, the player that started the preseason as the No. 1 pick and may return to that position not by his play, but rather default. This is despite going 1-for-6 from the field in their second tournament game, producing only four points and committing four turnovers. Not exactly superstar material, but he did score 19 in his tournament debut and 28 points in four games leading up to the tourney.
Two things must first happen, one is that Milwaukee must win the lottery, and secondly, Wiggins must decide to enter the NBA draft. Neither guaranteed, and we won’t know for a weeks. What we do know today is that Wiggins may be the most ready of the three and just happens to fit into a spot of need for Milwaukee (assuming Giannis Antetokounmpo plays shooting guard).
It wasn’t pretty, but after a long season, Wiggins may find himself where he started at the top — exactly where a team sitting at the bottom hopes he will be come draft day.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant