Not A Bad Thing To Love Andrew Wiggins

02
Jun

“It’s not a bad thing, to fall in loveee with Andrew Wiggins.”

Okay, okay I made a little remix to the popular Justin Timberlake song but what I can I say I’m a clown at heart. But on a serious note it’s sometimes better  to be lucky than good.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lived, better yet, survived off this saying since LeBron James left for Miami. I get it, James is one of the best players the league has ever seen. He bolted and there was an extreme amount of Haterade getting passed around the Ohio bars. I must admit, I had the bartender pour me a glass or two. What I didn’t know was the NBA league offices were sitting around playing the mini-violins for the Cavs.

The Cavs have had the best luck since “The Decision”. They have been awarded three #1 overall picks. The most recent of those was this year, when they had a 1.7% chance to win the lottery and ping pong balls somehow landed their way.

The Cavs need to make the right decision this year with another golden opportunity to create a contender for years to come. This year’s draft class is loaded with talent. It’s supposed to be the best draft class since 2003 where the Cavs took LeBron with the first overall pick. We all know the three major players in the class: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embid. But who should the Cavs pick?

For me, it’s an easy choice. Andrew Wiggins is the best player in the draft with the highest ceiling. Wiggins has the ability to play either shooting guard or small forward in the NBA. The Toronto native does a number of things extremely well and there are some things you just can’t teach. Wiggins would be perfect for the Cavs on all levels.

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The first thing to point out about Andrew Wiggins is he’s a physically gifted athlete. He’s 6’8” with a 7’0” foot wing span which can benefit him on both ends of the floor. He’s not only long, but also an excellent athlete, able to play above the rim with ease.

This makes him a dangerous weapon in the transition game. Wiggins can easily go coast to coast with the ball as he glides up and down the floor. Imagine him catching a lob on the fastbreak from Kyrie Irving. That’s something spectacular. But that’s not all. Wiggins is also a great offensive rebounder. He has a quick second jump to give him a chance to clean up his own misses.

Next is Wiggins slashing ability. Wiggins is able to get to the rim whenever he wants. His explosive first step blows right past defenders and he can use his length to get to the rim with one dribble. In his lone season at Kansas he showed his ability to use the pick and roll game.

He uses his explosiveness to exploit the big man and glide to the rim. Wiggins is also a respected jump shooter. The defenders know that, and Wiggins uses that knowledge to his advantage. When a defender closes out too hard Wiggins uses that explosive first step and gets to the rim.

A lot of players that are excellent athletes lack in the shooting department. For Wiggins, that’s not the case at all. He has good mechanics but also a quick release and can use his length to shoot over defenders. His quick first step opens up the opportunity for a step back jumper which further adds to the offensive repertoire.

Wiggins also has the ability to attack the basket when his defender closes out on him. He can use 1 to 2 dribble pull ups as an effective mid-range jumper. In the pick and roll game, Wiggins can also punish defenders for going under the screen due to his long range shooting ability.

On the defensive side of the ball Wiggins has a lot of potential to be an elite defender. His physical tools give him the ability to guard multiple positions. His lateral quickness makes him a great on-ball defender, while his length is able to bother jump shooters and force turnovers. His length seals off passing lanes and creates deflections and steal opportunities.

Pairing Wiggins with Irving is a one-two punch that Cavaliers fans could only dream of. At 19 years old, Wiggins is nowhere near a finished product and he showed his ability to take over games at times last year. The NBA today is all about the star power. We’ve seen the Heat make their fourth straight Finals appearance with their Big Three. We saw the Celtics make trips to the Finals with theirs.

The Cavaliers have the chance to pair two budding stars with no obstacle of luring a player during free agency. They have the opportunity to draft the next big thing in the NBA on June 26th. Cleveland can workout other prospects all they want but Andrew Wiggins is what the Cavaliers have been waiting for since James left. Another athletic, explosive wing player with the potential to be great. Fall in love with Andrew Wiggins Cleveland, like you’ve fallen in love with Johnny Football. Wiggins is the guy, it’s just that simple.

About the author: Mario Hicks

Mario Hicks is from Orlando, FL and is a college basketball player at Rockford University. He recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Political Science. Currently, Mario is pursuing a Master's degree in Business with a concentration in management as he enters his final season of collegiate basketball.