The Kansas product is widely considered one of the three elite prospects of the 2014 NBA draft, along with Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid, and there's a great chance he ends up going to Philly, which boasts the No. 3 pick.
Maybe better than great, in fact.
"According to sources, the Sixers are trying to do whatever they can to draft him," reports Philly.com's Keith Pompey.
But that's not it. Pompey also reveals that the prevailing sense around the situation is one that has Wiggins actually wanting to join Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel in Philadelphia.
So, why is this news?
After all, teams generally have a No. 1 prospect and will do whatever possible to draft him if he's still on the board. But there's an underlying message in Pompey's report, one that's only possible to ascertain if you begin reading between the lines.
Wiggins is indeed a great fit with the team.
He's an athletic, two-way stud with ridiculous upside and the ability to settle in at the Sixers' biggest position of need. There's a reason that Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman not only has Philly springing for Wiggins at No. 3 in his post-Finals mock draft, but he also mentions the notion of a trade, albeit just in passing:
In Philadelphia, Andrew Wiggins will get valuable early reps as a go-to option without the pressure of having to produce right away. The Sixers also finished No. 1 in the NBA in pace last season, a stat that plays directly to Wiggins' strengths as a dynamic open-floor athlete.
Now, let's combine the two most relevant portions of our source material.
"No need for the Philadelphia 76ers to trade up here" and "the Sixers are trying to do whatever they can to draft him."
If general manager Sam Hinkie has even the slightest hint that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks are veering from the expected course of action—drafting Embiid and Parker, respectively—he's going to attempt to trade up. That's doing whatever he can, and it might be necessary given the fairly interchangeable nature of those top picks.
By the time June 26 rolls around, Wiggins could very well be the consensus No. 1 pick on the draft board, as opposed to being right in the middle of the three-man conversation. And if that's the case, Philadelphia won't have an opportunity to select him without moving up in the draft order, something it can easily do given the myriad young talents on the roster and the No. 3, No. 10, No. 32, No. 39, No. 47, No. 52 and No. 54 picks in this selection process.
If anyone can package multiple picks and move up, it would be the Sixers.
"I think I can play on any team and make a big impact and do what I do," the team's apparent No. 1 target told CSN Philly’s John Clark (via The Reporter's Christopher A. Vito). "I think (the Sixers’ style) does fit my style, but I think Milwaukee and Cleveland do, too. So wherever I go (I’ll be comfortable)."
Philadelphia sure hopes it's the City of Brotherly Love.
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