After gaining the number one pick in the upcoming NBA draft to the shock of many, the Cleveland Cavillers now have a decision to make. Do they go with the prolific scorers in Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker? Or do they take an inside presence who could dominate in the NBA through Joel Embiid?
Let’s start with Andrew Wiggins. Projected by many even before he entered college to go number one in the 2014 draft, Wiggins is a young talent that some would seem too good to pass upon. He stands at 6”8 with a 7”0 wingspan and has an outstanding athletic ability. Averaging 17.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG, Wiggins has proved that he is a proficient scorer who can rebound the ball, a skill that will translate well to the NBA. The question for is whether or not he will live up to all of the projected hype created around him. Cleveland do not want a repeat of last year’s draft where number one pick Anthony Bennett has translated into an NBA ‘bust.’ If you need a player for the future and someone to lead your team, Wiggins is your guy.
Next is Jabari Parker. Looked down upon by many fans of Wiggins, Parker is a flat out all-rounder. He averaged 19.1 PPG and 8.7 RPG, numbers that are higher than Wiggins. Cleveland want to win and they want to win now; Parker is there guy. Parker holds an ability that will easily translate to the NBA. His scoring ability would give the Cavs options from the perimeter, be it from three point range or driving to the basket. On defense, Parker has proven that he can rebound the ball and will be able to guard most of the small forward in the NBA with ease. Cleveland said at last year’s draft lottery that they did not want to return there the following year, which they did. Parker may not have the hype surrounding him that Wiggins does, or the potential to be as great as Wiggins is projected to be, but he will win you basketball games; and that is what Cleveland needs.
The final option is Joel Embiid. Standing at seven feet tall Embiid is a dominant inside presence. He averaged 11.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG and 2.6 BPG, showing that he can contribute on both offensive and defensive sides of the floor. With the rumoured return of Lebron James to Cleveland, what better way to lure him in than a possible future star that is ready to play now? There are obvious concerns about Embiid’s back, but since the release of his workout on YouTube, these concerns have started to fade. It’s no doubt that Cleveland could use another inside presence and rim protector which is why Joel Embiid is such a good pick for them. He can link up with all-star point guard Kyrie Irving on the pick and roll and, if they acquire Lebron James in the free agency, could lead Cleveland to becoming a championship team, something that they have always aspired to be but never completed due to the departure of James.
It will be a tough decision for the Cavs come draft day but no matter who they take out of these three players, they will be taking someone who can be great. All three players have potential to be future all stars, it's just whether or not Cleveland feels that they will live up to this potential.
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