Is Andrew Wiggins a Lock to Go No. 1 Overall in 2014 NBA Draft?

September 24th, 2013 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

LeBron James was a lock to go No. 1 in the draft. Titanic was a lock for best picture of the year. A Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries divorce was a lock. 

Andrew Wiggins isn't. 

He is, however, the favorite. But his competitors won't make it easy.

2014 isn't just the year of Andrew Wiggins. Julius Randle will have a major say in who goes No. 1 in June's upcoming draft.

Had Wiggins not been around, Randle would still be considered a prize. You could argue that Randle would have gone first had he been eligible for the 2013 draft, when Anthony Bennett was the first pick.

Wiggins will have a tail this season in Randle that he's not going to shake just by showing up. 

ESPN's Jeff Goodman recently wrote a column (subscription required) nominating Randle as a top-pick candidate. One NBA executive told Goodman, "He's no lock," when referring to Wiggins. 

And while I'd still take Wiggins today based on his long-term upside, I agree that Randle would be the one capable of changing my mind.

Thanks to his nearly unmatchable physical gi ...

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