We’re not even 24 hours removed from the end of the playoffs, but attention is already turned towards the NBA draft, which takes place next Thursday. Key workouts will be happening this week, as teams get a final chance to evaluate some of these potential players up close before making their decision next week. The consensus remains Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker will go as the top three, but it’s anyone’s guess in which order they will go.
The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the number one overall pick and control the draft board. According to several sources, the team is very concerned about a physical they conducted on Embiid this week. Remember, the Kansas center missed the NCAA Tournament because of a stress fracture in his back from which he is still recovering. There have also been rumblings the Cavs would consider trading down for a package of picks and players, potentially with the Philadelphia 76ers who hold the third and tenth pick.
The Sixers are proceeding with their draft evaluations and last night Andrew Wiggins flew into town for the start of a three day visit. He’s expected to get a tour of the city today before working out tomorrow. Wiggins is also slated to visit the Cavaliers and Bucks later this week, but those will just be one-day visits as opposed to the three days in Philadelphia. Yes, cue the speculation.
Wiggins would be a good fit for Philadelphia, a young team that can play up and down the floor and really highlight Wiggins’ athleticism in transition. In an interesting wrinkle, Wiggins’ father, Mitchell Wiggins, played for the Sixers near the end of his career during the 1991-92 season.
If the Cavs are indeed souring on the prospect of going with Embiid, then the choice for them will come down to Parker, Wiggins or trading the pick. At that point, the Sixers’ chances of landing Wiggins will be small, unless of course, they’re interested enough to discuss moving up for the first overall pick.
A lot of things to keep an eye on as we’re days from the draft, expect news to come out of these workouts this week. And just remember, this time of year especially a week before the draft, there’s a lot of posturing from teams that make it hard to distill the truth from everything else.
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