Over the past weeks and even months, "experts" already have the draft lined out. This guy will get drafted here, but then traded for such and such player. All speculation that doesn't mean anything, it just gives ESPN analyst something to argue about. I bring this up because of the injury that Joel Embiid suffered only a week before draft night. Embiid was "projected" to go number one overall to Cleveland, but unfortunately he needed surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, exactly six days before the big day. The injury could sideline him for 5-8 months. The sports world freaked out. Some say he would go middle to late round, some even said that he still deserved the number 1 pick. The silver lining is that the greatest player in the history of the NBA, Michael Jordan, had the same surgery early in his career. I would say it didn't really bother him.
So when the NBA Draft finally arrived, Wiggins went to the Cavs and Duke's freshman Jabari Parker went to the Bucks at number 2. (Side note- Riley was happy about this, because he is a closet Duke fan, but don't tell anyone). The Philadelphia 76ers were on the clock with pick number 3. Cleveland and Milwaukee passed on Embiid because of his injury, and they wanted someone who could come out of the gates right away and put up big numbers, which they undoubtedly got in Wiggins and Parker. To some surprise, the 76ers drafted Joel Emiid, the University of Kansas. At first sight, this was Joels reaction: (Joel did not attend the draft as he was recovering from his surgery in LA)
Upon further review, this was JoJos ACTUAL reaction to getting drafted:
The tape delay from New York to LA made it a very awkward moment in the eyes of millions. Maybe a little foreshadowing here, because there certainly will be a delay in Emiid's game. Some recover faster than others and come back even better. However, once he gets 100% healthy, I truly believe that Joel Embiid will be one of the best big men in the entire NBA. And I am saying that as non-bias as I can.
With free agency talk in a frenzy right now, I'm not sure how the Cavs will fair next season. If they push to get Lebron or Kevin Love, they would be unstoppable. However, that could be a whole other blog post in itself. With the players the Cavs have right now in Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng, which are questionably the most underrated players in the game, I see Wiggins fitting in perfectly. I can see him starting and putting anywhere from 15 PPG a night or even more. Cleveland needed a superstar like Andrew. He will be wearing number 21 next season because his usual 22 is retired by the Cavs. This is also a nod to his father Mitchell Wiggins, who wore 21 in the NBA.
All in all, the NBA draft is a beautiful moment in these kids lives. Finally getting to the big stages and showing everybody what you can do. The minor league (being NCAA basketball) is over. You've been called up and it's time to step to the plate. I cannot wait to see Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid tear it up next year, and represent the University of Kansas while they do. Cleveland Cav and 76er now, but a Jayhawk for life.