Joel Embiid Makes Most Sense for Cleveland Cavaliers with 1st Pick

June 10th, 2014 by Kristian Ibarra Leave a reply »

Last year, NBA draft experts and the Cleveland Cavaliers lacked a clear-cut favorite for the No. 1 overall pick. The Cavs settled for a player, in UNLV’s power forward Anthony Bennett, who greatly underachieved in Year 1 as a pro.

Fortuned by the NBA draft lottery gods for the second straight year and the fifth time in the franchise’s history, the Cavaliers are once again owners of the first overall pick in 2014. Though there is no unanimous favorite, the Cavs should have theirs—Kansas center Joel Embiid.

The seven-foot Cameroon native first made waves this year, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in 2013-14 alongside fellow draft favorite and former Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins.

Sure, the Cavs are already relatively established at center with nine-year man Anderson Varejao, but that’s just it—he’s a nine-year man.

Having the No. 1 overall pick with a 1.7 percent chance is lucky.

Having the No. 1 overall pick with a solid player to fulfill a big need is a blessing.

Some would urge the Cavs to look elsewhere, though. They cou ...

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