The Cleveland Cavaliers will consider going in a number of different directions with the first pick in the NBA draft, but when the time comes to finally make their selection, there will only be one perfect choice—Andrew Wiggins.
After seemingly botching their first-round pick last year with Anthony Bennett—a player who averaged just 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds on 35.6 percent shooting in 2013-14—it makes it all the more imperative to get it right this time around.
While Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker may have a more immediate impact, there is no way to pass up a player with a limitless ceiling like Wiggins.
The 6'8", 197-pound Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his freshman year at Kansas, showing incredible athleticism and an ability to make every play on the court.
He wowed scouts at the NBA draft combine, flashing his ridiculous hops with a 44" vertical leap, via ESPN's Chad Ford.
With Luol Deng becoming a free agent, the Cavaliers have a massive hole at the small forward position that Wiggins can seamlessly slide right into.
Pairing him along with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters would give Cleveland an explosive trio that would be nearly impossible to match up with on a nightly basis.
It would also give the Cavaliers an extremely young core, as Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders points out.
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
Adding Wiggins would also infuse a bit of life into Irving, who has seemingly taken a step back after a dominant rookie season.
Since winning Rookie of the Year in 2012, Irving's shooting percentage has plummeted in each of the past two seasons.
The primary reason for this is Irving is simply trying to do too much. He is not only asked to be the primary playmaker but also the go-to scorer, and it's negatively impacting his game.
The addition of Wiggins gives Irving the ability to pick his spots on when to be a scorer and when to be a facilitator.
Having Irving on board will also help mask Wiggins' primary weakness—his ball-handling.
Wiggins tends to play too upright on offense and needs to tighten his handle. Due to this, if he was asked to carry the scoring right away and control an offense, he will likely struggle to create in the half court and commit a ton of turnovers.
But with Irving as the primary ball-handler, Wiggins can instead focus on doing what he does best, which is scoring.
The duo would also be deadly in transition, once again allowing Wiggins to capitalize on one of his primary strengths (as you can see in the above video).
At the college level, Wiggins was essentially unstoppable on the break, scoring 1.3 points per possession in transition, according to DraftExpress.com.
He was also very good at drawing contact near the rim, getting to the free throw line 7.9 times per 40 minutes while making 78 percent of his attempts.
Then there is also the elephant in the room in the form of LeBron James' impending free agency.
Would you choose to play with Kyrie Irving (22 years old) and Andrew Wiggins (18) next year? Or D-Wade (NBA Age: 43) and Chris Bosh (30)?— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) May 21, 2014
There's no question the possibility of playing alongside such a young, talented team and helping to lead the Cavaliers to a championship would be tantalizing for James.
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Bringing in a player whom many have called "the next LeBron James" could push his interests even further in wanting to return.
With that said, Irving is also entering the final year of his rookie contract.
At the very least, the Cavaliers need to make a move that would not only make the team better but make their superstar happy.
Bringing in a player of Wiggins' caliber would do just that, as the former Jayhawk would instantly propel the Cavaliers into the playoff picture—a place they haven't been since Irving was taken first overall back in 2011.