Last night was the biggest night of the basketball off-season. The ping-pong balls have rattled, the prognosticators have looked into their crystal balls, and some of the world’s finest athletes have finished their running, jumping, shooting, and dunking for the approval of scouts. Last night, the 2014 NBA Draft was held, and one of the most loaded classes in recent memory ended up shaking out about how everyone expected, even if there were a few surprises. The Cleveland Cavaliers made Andrew Wiggins the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Jabari Parker went second to the Milwaukee Bucks, while Joel Embiid (he of back surgeries and broken foot) went third to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Wiggins joins a pretty loaded team in Cleveland, with 2011 number one draft pick Kyrie Irving, 2011 number four pick Tristan Thompson, 2012 number four pick Dion Waiters, and 2013 number one draft pick Anthony Bennett. It seems that as long as Cleveland continues to be relatively unsuccessful in the season, they’ll keep winning high draft picks in the ping-pong ball lottery. Eventually, that trend will have to reverse, or Cleveland will be nothing but high draft pick busts.
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