Potential, by definition, is having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. That, my friends, is what every general manager in the NBA is looking for in the 2014 NBA draft.
It also just so happens to define every facet of Andrew Wiggins' game.
Wiggins averaged 17.1 points in his lone season with the Kansas Jayhawks, but he can do better.
The Canadian's footwork is nearly flawless in the paint, but there's still room for improvement.
His defensive play turned heads as a freshman, but will develop at the next level.
There's not much that Wiggins doesn't do well, but he'll still get drastically better for the next several years with whichever team ultimately takes him. As for where that landing spot may be, how about the Cleveland Cavaliers, who shockingly won the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.
Jay Williams of ESPN believes there is no other direction for Cleveland with the selection:
A lot of talent in this NBA Draft but if you are the Cleveland Cavs, there is no way you could pass on Andrew Wiggins. #NoWay— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) May 21, 2014
The possibility wasn't lost on a recent addition to the city—also by way of a draft—in Johnny Manziel:
Cavs and @22wiggins ??— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) May 21, 2014
Despite all of the criticism throughout his freshman campaign in Lawrence, Wiggins still found a way to keep his standing at the top of draft boards. Much like Jadeveon Clowney in the NFL draft and Carlos Rodon in the MLB draft, it's difficult to say he didn't prove his worth this past season.
As for the confidence of Wiggins about where he should fall in the draft, the former Jayhawk believes he's at the head of the class as well. Wiggins spoke Monday on ESPN’s First Take about his stock, per Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv:
I always put myself No. 1 above anybody else. That’s just me. I got a lot of confidence in myself. ... I think for me, Jabari or Joel, I think we all want to go No. 1. But it’s not the end of the world if we don’t because there’s been a lot of great players that ended up to be the best ever, and great Hall of Famers, that never went No. 1 and still had a great career.
Should Wiggins go No. 1 overall?
What Wiggins brings to Cleveland is another player who can not only sell tickets, but also helps at a position of need. Whether the Cavs decide to slot him at small forward or shooting guard he will thrive, but playing in the frontcourt makes much more sense.
As Luol Deng's potential free agency looms this offseason, the Cavs could immediately have a spot for Wiggins. If Deng decides to stay with the young Cleveland team, who better to help Wiggins progress than the nine-year NBA veteran?
Wiggins being in the frontcourt also gives him another connection to his teammates, as Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN.com notes:
Tristan Thompson-Anthony Bennett-Andrew Wiggins could be frontcourt for Canada & the Cavaliers— Jeremy Lundblad (@JLundbladESPN) May 21, 2014
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders also points out the wealth of young talent for the Cavs if Wiggins was selected at No. 1 overall:
Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and... Andrew Wiggins? Cleveland is going to be loaded with young talent.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 21, 2014
We are still over a month away from the NBA draft getting underway on June 26, but the selection appears to be an obvious one for the Cavaliers.
Players like Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid might be enticing for their instant offense or immense size, respectively, but Wiggins is clearly the complete package. As the Cavaliers look to make their third No. 1 pick in the last four years, bet on the potential of Wiggins.
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