2014 NBA Draft: Why The Cleveland Cavaliers Should Select Jabari Parker
2014 NBA Draft
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Somehow, someway, the Cleveland Cavaliers ended up with the first overall pick in the NBA draft once again. Unlike last year where the Cavs blew the pick on some dude named Anthony Bennett, they’ll need to make this pick count.
So, with a deep draft and a lot of areas of need, where do you turn?
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To me, this pick comes down to either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. Most would throw Joel Embiid in the conversation, but the back injuries should scare the Cavaliers away. We’ve seen many big men in the past who just can’t stay healthy. Most recently, Greg Oden and Yao Ming should ring a bell. The first overall pick can’t be used on somebody who is a high risk/high reward.
Parker and Wiggins are guys who could help the Cavs out right away and be long-term pieces to what the team is trying to do.
However, if I’m Cleveland, I’m taking Parker, as he’s the most sure thing this draft has to offer. Parker would give Cleveland a second primary scorer behind Kyrie Irving, taking some of the pressure off other guys such as Dion Waiters and Spencer Haws, guys who shouldn’t be asked to contribute 15-20 points a night. In case you didn’t know, the Cavaliers were 22nd in the NBA in scoring last season and were 6-23 in their final 29 games when failing to score 100 or more points.
Parker can score from anywhere on the floor, get to the cup, get to the free throw line, and he’s also a solid rebounder who averaged close to nine rebounds at Duke.
Wiggins, while he has the most upside of any player in the draft, he also has things that need serious work. Wiggins needs to put on weight, become a better passer and improve his confidence. Despite being the best player on the floor most nights, too often Wiggins would disappear for long stretches and cost the Jayhawks big.
The only real concern with Parker is that he takes plays off defensively, but that’s what coaches are for. At 6’8” and with his length, there’s no reason Parker can’t develop into a solid defender.
The Cavaliers have enough young talent to be a playoff team. They also have a fan base that knows this and is expecting big things with all of these high draft picks. The Cavs want to win now and prove that the future is bright without some guy named LeBron James.
While a championship isn’t coming any time soon, the Cavaliers will be a much better team right away if they select Parker on draft night.