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So let’s just assume that the Cavaliers keep the #1 pick and are currently on the clock for the next 11 days. That’s not a bad thing at all. This is the most talented draft of the last decade. They literally cannot go wrong here. Iceman and I have already started our rotating NBA Mock Draft and, by rule, he gets to pick for the Cavs (while I get the non-existent Pistons pick…I was robbed!). I already know who he is taking in our spot. But who would I take if I had to pick right now? Great question. Let’s talk about each candidate
Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Kansas
PRO – an ELITE athlete, terrific two way player, can get to the rim at will
CON – fell for Bill Self’s bullshit, is not a good shooter, came up small in big moments, Canadian
Jabari Parker, F, Duke
PRO – can score A LOT, offensive game is already NBA ready, high basketball IQ
CON – plays no defense, went to Duke, a tweener forward (not quick enough for the perimeter and too much of a pussy to bang at the moment)
Joel Hans Embiid, C, Kansas
PRO – insane skill set, legit 7 footer with 20 foot jump shot range, blocks everything in the paint, unlimited ceiling, seems to improve every game
CON – may need a backiotomy, in foul trouble quite a bit, has only been playing basketball for four years
Like I said, I don’t think that the Cavs can go wrong with either of these guys. If they end up being a bust, it’s because of them. It won’t be the team’s fault. So who am I taking at #1 if it were my call?
First of all, I’m not taking Jabari Parker at #1. He is the safest pick but has the lowest ceiling and we have enough tweeners that don’t play any defense. I’m sure that he will be a fine player in the NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION but it won’t be in the 216. I wish him the best of luck but he isn’t what I am looking for. So which ex-Jayhawk am I taking? Does it even matter so long as @KUBoobs becomes Cavs fans? Do I finally replace LeBron or draft the most talented center in team history?
As long as that back checks out, I’m sprinting to the podium to take Embiid. Granted, the back issue is a big thing that the team needs to have checked by at least ten different specialists, but as long as they say he’s good to go then he should be in wine and gold. Guys like this (and Anthony Davis) don’t come around often. This guy has only been compared to multiple Hall of Famers. Sure, he hasn’t played a ton and is a little raw but, like I said, he seemingly got better every game and LOOK AT WHAT HE DOES!!! Most teams in the NBA have dogshit at center. If you have a good one, then you have an advantage every game. If you have one that can stretch the floor with a jumper, rebound, AND protect the rim then I don’t see how you let that go. Embiid is a fucking stud.
Then again, if his back is messed up, I go with Wiggins. They call him Maple Jordan for a reason. Although taking 3 Canadians in the top 4 over the last 4 years would be really weird. And then you don’t have to worry about LeBron breaking your heart again because you FINALLY addressed the elephant in the locker room (who plays the three LOL Gee).
There you have it. Should the Cavs not wheel and deal before the Draft, I’m building my team around Kyrie (he’s going to re-sign) and Embiid with gobs of cap space and youth to fill in the cracks. Not a bad spot at all. Really looking forward to defending my position today. Considering my track record of never losing an argument, I expect that to continue.