2014 NBA Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers are Big Winners
There was loads of hype heading into the 2014 NBA Draft, and a lot of it revolved around who the Cleveland Cavaliers would draft with the first overall selection. After Joel Embiid‘s injury, the pick was sure to be Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins, however, it was uncertain who Cleveland was leaning towards heading into the draft. In the end, the Cavaliers selected Wiggins from Kansas, and paired him with Joe Harris from Virginia in the second round, addressing two different team needs.
By choosing Wiggins, Cleveland added a piece their team desperately needed. Wiggins is a high-upside player with tons of physical tools, including excellent size and athleticism. The Cavaliers needed a guy from the perimeter who was capable of defending at a high level, as both Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving struggle from that end. He also fits in with Cleveland because he can play off of the ball. Irving and Waiters have shown that they need the ball to score, and Wiggins is not a ball-heavy type of player. Wiggins’ offense is still developing, but in the meantime, he can focus on perimeter defense to start his NBA career.
Early in the second round, the Cavaliers also addressed a need, drafting Harris from Virginia with the 33rd pick. Harris, a three point specialist, shot at least 38 percent from deep in all four years in college, and also possesses a high basketball IQ. Harris lacks big-time athletic ability from the wing, but truly excels off of off-ball screens. He is constantly moving, and David Blatt will look to find creative ways to get Harris open knowing these strengths.
Furthermore, Harris possesses a strong frame, so he can take more contact than most shooters. He will most likely struggle on defense because he does not possess elite tools, however, Cleveland needed a three point shooter, and they snatched one in Harris.
The Cavaliers finish with the grade of an A- in the 2014 NBA Draft. They selected a two-way player with loads of potential in Wiggins, while also finding a spot-up shooter in Harris. Both players fit observable needs for Cleveland, and the Cavaliers avoided overthinking their selections.
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