The Cavaliers selected Kansas SG/SF Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft Thurday night. After endless speculation about a front-office/ownership split between Wiggins and Jabari Parker (who went No. 2, as projected, to the Milwaukee Bucks) and a storm of trade rumors which picked up momentum yesterday afternoon, the Cavs have landed a guy they believe can be an impact player on both ends of the floor. Wiggins was all smiles
when his name was called.
He'll join Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett, a core of lottery players drafted since 2011. Kyrie and Bennett were number one picks as well. Thompson, Bennett and Wiggins are all Canadian nationals... so put that in your Winnipeg pipe and smoke it.
Here's a video of Wiggins' pre-draft workout
, to arouse any further excitement. He's an athletic freak with a ceiling in the stratosphere, so get pumped.
The Cavs also selected Virginia SG Joe Harris
in the second round. Harris is a white guy in the mold of last year's draft selection Sergey Karasev. He's not gonna blow anyone away, but he's a sharp shooter who makes up for his lack of athleticism with smart passing and lights out perimeter shooting. GM David Griffin has said that he's looking for guys that will improve the Cavs' shooting, defense, and basketball IQ. (You know, guys who are good at basketball), so Harris seems to meet at least one of those criteria.
In an additional move late in the draft — a move which has not yet been confirmed by the NBA league office — the Cavs shipped SF Alonzo Gee to the Charlotte Hornets (nee Bobcats) for veteran Center Brendan Haywood and the 45th pick in the draft, Stanford PF Dwight Powell, about whom little beyond his tenacity and length is known.
"I don't think I'm a complete player in any sense," said Powell, in his totally brotastic interview with DraftExpress