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Jabari Parker's Workout Complicates Cavaliers' Decision with No. 1 Draft Pick

Duke forward Jabari Parker and Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins look for a possible rebound off a free-throw attempt during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Chicago. Kansas won 94-83. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIDecember 6, 2016

With the 2014 NBA draft just days away on June 26, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have a rather difficult decision to make in regard to the No. 1 overall selection.

Ever since the NCAA tournament—and perhaps even beforehand—Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker were widely regarded as the draft's top three selections.

Well, that's changed just a bit recently.

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Embiid was an intriguing prospect with the draft's first selection. Center is a position of need for the Cavaliers, and the big man's athleticism and upside may have been enough for the team to gamble on him despite a lingering back injury.

That changed after he recently had foot surgery that will sideline him for four to six months, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

With that in mind, a two-horse race for the No. 1 spot between Wiggins and Embiid suddenly emerged.

Wiggins had already worked out for the team and produced very nice results, according to a tweet from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

That comes as very little surprise. He has been working on his shot throughout the offseason, and his athleticism has been well on display.

Here's a look back at his insane vertical, courtesy of theScore:

That brings us to Parker.

His workout wasn't quite as impressive as Wiggins' in terms of shot-making ability, but he wowed the Cavaliers in other ways. Spears relayed the information from the workout:

Parker's shooting struggles should be a slight concern to Cleveland. After all, he had a solid season at Duke and was renowned for his prowess on the offensive side of the court—he had a tendency to struggle defensively.

Although, as Spears mentioned, he displayed his well-versed skill set and strong mental game.

So, here's the dilemma.

Parker is an NBA-ready prospect—despite his defensive deficiencies—due to a great offensive skill set, size and toughness. Wiggins is more of a developmental player. Yes, he'll see time on the court early in his career but won't make as much of an immediate impact.

Since the Cavaliers were rather high on the 7'0" Embiid, perhaps adding a potential power forward (depending on his weight) in the 6'8" Parker could be the decision. However, the team does need a shooting guard and strong forward—two positions that Wiggins could easily fill.

If Parker would have produced an over-the-top workout, Cleveland's decision would be a simple one right now. The same could be said if he had faltered in a big way.

With a solid yet underwhelming workout, the race between Parker and Wiggins to go No. 1 overall just became much closer than we originally anticipated.

There's a strong possibility we won't know which player will go first until the Cavaliers are officially on the clock on June 26.

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