As expected the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up University of Kansas shooting guard Andrew Wiggins with the #1 in the 2014 NBA Draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Thursday evening (June 26).
Rocking a black tuxedo jacket with a white floral pattern, the 19-year-old was noticeably excited. “A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now,” he said. “It’s a dream come true.”
It’s the second straight #1 pick for the Cavs. Last summer, they picked up forward Anthony Bennett, who had made no impact last season. He was injured in the summer, and then went into the season out of shape. It was more than disappointing for fans and the team.
Wiggins, however, seems to be much more ready. He averaged a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points per game. His Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid went two picks later, but could’ve went #1 if he hadn’t suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.
At #2, the Milwaukee Bucks took Duke forward Jabari Parker, who will immediately become the face of an organization coming off a franchise-worst 67-loss season.
Scouts say Parker is one of the most NBA-ready players in the Draft. The 6-foot-8 forward has been lauded for his maturity and offensive skills, and will join 19-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and scoring guard Brandon Knight … things are looking promising.
Embiid was picked up by the Philadelphia 76ers at #3. The 7-footer, who was projected to go #1 before his injury, underwent surgery last week to repair his stress fracture, and could miss the entire season. During his freshman season with the Jayhawks, he averaged 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds, while blocking 72 shots to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The Orlando Magic chose Arizona big man Aaron Gordon at #4, while the Utah Jazz picked up Australian shooting guard Dante Exum at #5.
See the entire list of selections from the NBA Draft at NBA.com.