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The Case for Drafting Andrew Wiggins/Jabari Parker/Joel Embiid at #2

This article will attempt to make a case for the reasoning behind drafting each of the top three prospects. We have already debated for what feels like endless hours about who is better than whom, who has more upside, more talent, even who is a better shooter. It's pretty safe to say that the only thing everyone can agree on is that Embiid is the tallest.

Obviously it depends on the Cavs, but each piece will be written independently as if the Cavs had not selected its player. This won't contain stats, as none of the three were really statistical anomalies in college, but instead a collection of statistical and scouting say-so about each player. So, even though we mostly know the reason for each, I wanted to get all the facts together, partly for my own peace of mind. Without further ado:

Andrew Wiggins: The Milwaukee Bucks should draft the Canadian wing with the #2 overall pick.

Wiggins offers positional versatility with his ability to play either SF or SG, has legitimate length and height to play either (with phenomenal size for a SG), and has world class explosiveness and athleticism. In interviews, Wiggins sounds sharp and confident, and proved to be a top performer on a talented Kansas team. He is barely 19.

His shooting numbers were not fantastic in college, but he was transitioning roles, learning to play as a wing, and still put up a good number of points per game, with some massive scoring outbursts. Additionally, he has the potential to be a top notch defender on the wing, and puts in the defensive effort to back it up. His athleticism gives him the ability to easily finish around the rim.

The Bucks have Giannis as our only young and really promising wing, but Wiggins and Giannis would not have to play the same position and have the talent to seamlessly work together. No matter what position each ends up playing, they would offer the Bucks explosive, rangy defenders who can also put the ball in the bucket, mostly off of penetration, though both have the tools to develop consistent outside range as well.

Jabari Parker: The Milwaukee Bucks should draft the Mormon forward with the #2 overall pick.

Parker offers positional versatility with his ability to play either PF or SF, has the mass to play either immediately and the ball-handling skills to be a special PF, and has athleticism and quickness that are possibly underrated. Intelligent, well-spoken, and a high character guy, Parker proved to be a dominant scorer for a slightly underachieving Duke team. He is barely 19.

His shooting numbers were not fantastic in college, though he is billed as a phenomenal shooter. Asked to play in the post, with high minutes at C (not an NBA option), it could be argued that Parker was misused for much of his season at Duke. Regardless, he still scored at a high level, using his size and ability to finish around the rim to great effect. He is criticized for lacking defensive effort, but has the skills to improve in the NBA.

The Bucks have Giannis as our only young and really promising forward, but Parker and Giannis would not have to play the same position and have the talent to seamlessly work together. Initially, and potentially long-term, Parker would be expected to play the 4, using his elite quickness and range for a PF to become a Melo-type scorer at the 4, while Giannis would be slotted at the 3, where his length could be fully utilized. Together, they could form a terrific tandem of forwards, offering games which complement and support the other.

Joel Embiid: The Milwaukee Bucks should draft the Cameroonian center with the #2 overall pick.

Embiid is a traditional center, but offers a highly impressive combination of size-a legitimate 7 feet-and quickness, while sporting a frame built to put on the weight he will need to bang in the post. Embiid can become a rare type of NBA center, with the strength and size to match up with any center in the post, but the agility and quickness to guard any center away from the basket. He is relatively new to basketball, but his athleticism and skills are already evident. He is barely 20.

He was a true two-way player for Kansas, scoring efficiently and earning a reputation as a possible defensive anchor and shot blocker in his first season. Embiid was injured near the end of the season and missed the tournament, which was a major blow to Kansas. Injury concerns linger, but most educated opinions now consider the injury to be a non-issue suffered by many basketball players who experienced full recoveries. He has the size, athleticism, and quickness to be a truly dominant center, one of the few in the current NBA.

The Bucks are fairly deep at center, with Larry Sanders coming off an extremely disappointing and troubled year but on a big contract and John Henson, who struggled to break out but who still appears to have the potential to do so. However, at age 20, Embiid has the extremely rare combination of size, agility, athleticism, and basketball skill that neither player possesses and appears to have the potential to be more effective than either player on both ends of the court. As the modern league is thin on truly dominant centers, Embiid could be a unique franchise cornerstone.

I know that I have missed things and people disagree on certain points, but I think most of what I said is generally regarded as true. Feel free to comment, or to ignore this article, as it serves no real purpose outside of summary.

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