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Going into the NBA draft, the consensus view seemed to be that Jabari Parker was the more NBA-ready prospect, while Andrew Wiggins possibly had the higher ceiling.
One summer league game certainly won't change that assessment, but Wiggins proved he was more ready than some might have suspected in his first outing. On the same day his Cleveland Cavaliers learned LeBron James was returning home, Wiggins showed what he was already capable of.
The Kansas product scored 18 points to go along with three rebounds, a steal and a block.
There were some rough patches to be sure, namely making just 1-of-8 three-point attempts. But Wiggins looked like a guy who understood his role, turning it over just once. In the end, his Cavs prevailed over the Milwaukee Bucks 70-68.
No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker also had a strong game for Milwaukee. He posted an efficient 17 points and nine rebounds, matching Giannis Antetokounmpo for team-high scoring honors.
The Cavs had a difficult decision to make when choosing between Wiggins and Parker. According to The Associated Press (via NJ.com):
The Cavs debated over Wiggins and Parker for days before finalizing their choice in the last hours leading into the draft. There was a reported rift between Griffin, who preferred Parker, and owner Dan Gilbert, who wanted Wiggins. However, two hours before the draft started, Gilbert posted a photo of the team's decision room on his Twitter account with the words: "United and busy."
It's also worth noting 2013 first overall pick Anthony Bennett had an impressive outing for the Cavs. Though his 6-of-16 showing from the floor left something to be desired, the 21-year-old finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
He also looked to be better-conditioned than he was last season, which could be a precursor to increased minutes with the Cavaliers this season.