The Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves with the first pick once again this June. Sure, they probably didn’t deserve it after last year’s Anthony Bennett debacle, but none less they had the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
You never know quite what to believe leading up to the draft in terms of the rumors, but some of the speculation before the draft was that the Cavs still weren’t sure who they were going to select. That’s hard to believe, considering they’ve had a month to ponder the pick, but there certainly wasn’t a clear rumor that they were set to take a certain player.
But all along you had to believe it was going to be Andrew Wiggins. If nothing else the Cavs could have selected him and then took offers for his services. Overall, it was just the best move to take the consensus top player, and player who didn’t have any red flags. Several other of the top prospects had concerns around them, but Wiggins did not.
There will be questions on how this selection fits into a possible LeBron James-Cleveland return, but for now those questions should be put aside. Cleveland fans should be very happy with this pick, as it was the safe call. When we look back 10 years from now it’s doubtful that Wiggins will be mentioned in the same breath with other top pick busts.
He’s too talented and has too much room to grow. Wiggins may not be a superstar, but he’s definitely got the potential to be a perennial All-Star.