Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 Draft Report Card

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cavaliers couldn't go wrong at No. 1, unlike last year, when they did.

Wiggins has the most upside of anyone other than Kansas teammate Joel Embiid. He walks into the NBA as a plus-defender and his athleticism is preposterous. He deserved to the be the No. 1 pick.

The Cleveland hierarchy apparently disagreed over Wiggins or Duke's Jabari Parker. Yes, Parker would help more now and improvement is important for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. They've had the No. 1 overall pick three of the last four years and needed to put this mulligan in the fairway after whiffing on Anthony Bennett last year.

Wiggins can play the two or three, both positions of need for Cleveland. After Bennett and some disruptions last season between Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, Wiggins might actually provide stability by not rocking the boat. That's not to say Parker would have, but Wiggins wanted to be No. 1 and Parker wanted to be in Milwaukee, so everyone wins.

Wiggins could be a true superstar and that might also enhance Irving's chances of staying. The Kansas product can be so disruptive defensively and with his athleticism, Irving can still have the ball in hands primarily.

Plus, let's be honest, everything Cleveland does this offseason is geared toward pitching LeBron James on a homecoming. Wiggins has high-profile written all over him and drafting him does not hurt the Cavs' presentation to James.

Harris is a good shooter and cagey. He can't defend or do anything athletically, but Cleveland needs help from the perimeter.

It's very difficult to find any fault with the Cavs' night.

Grade: A

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