With the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Andrew Wiggins from Kansas.
Since winning the lottery for the second consecutive year, the Cavaliers had plenty of conversations about moving the top overall selection. Teams like the Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers among others expressed interest in acquiring the pick and Cleveland kicked the tires on a number of deals, but they ultimately decided to hold onto the pick and select the 19-year-old Wiggins.
Wiggins has been in the spotlight for years, initially becoming a household name as a 13-year-old when a mixtape of his highlights went viral. He has been viewed as a potential top overall pick for years, and now that projection has become reality. Last season, Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds as a freshman at Kansas, showing flashes of brilliance in his lone collegiate season.
Wiggins has superstar potential and projects to be a very good two-way player at the next level.
The Cavaliers have made it clear that they want to win right away. The team expected to make the playoffs last season, but failed to live up to expectations when they won just 33 games and finished in 10th place in the depleted Eastern Conference.
General manager Chris Grant and head coach Mike Brown were let go due to the disappointing campaign, and they were replaced by David Griffin and David Blatt this offseason. Dan Gilbert and the organization hopes to end their four-year playoff drought next year.
Now, the Cavaliers add Wiggins to a talented core that also includes Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, Jarrett Jack and last year’s No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. Because Cleveland has such an impressive supporting cast, Wiggins will be able to ease into stardom over the next few years rather than being thrust into the savior role from day one.
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