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Cleveland Cavaliers Select Andrew Wiggins No. 1 Overall

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Canadian forward Andrew Wiggins No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA draft on June 26.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Select Andrew Wiggins No. 1 Overall

Cleveland Cavaliers Select Andrew Wiggins No. 1 Overall
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The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Canadian forward Andrew Wiggins No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA draft on June 26. 

The Cavaliers' official website issued a press release on Wiggins' selection: 

"For the second straight season, the Wine and Gold went north of the border to select the top overall pick, nabbing ultra-athletic swingman Andrew Wiggins. The high-flying two-way star was predicted by many to be the NBA's pick before the previous NCAA season tipped off, and he fulfilled that prophecy on Thursday night. 

"Wiggins, who rewrote Kansas' freshman record book in his lone season in Lawrence, joins fellow Canucks -- Tristan Thompson (taken No. 4 overall in 2011) and Anthony Bennett (tabbed No. 1 last June) -- in Cleveland. 

"'We've always been really cool, especially me and Tristan,' said Wiggins, referring to his fellow Cavalier countrymen. 'I played in the AAU circuit with Tristan and I played in the AAU circuit and at the national level with Anthony Bennett. And I think we all connect pretty good.

"'The chemistry is already there and we all have goals that we want to accomplish and a lot of them are the same goals. So I think it'll be pretty good.'

"Going into Thursday's draft, the debate continued over which of the night's top two prospects -- Duke's Jabari Parker or Wiggins -- would be the first player taken. That speculation came to an end when NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Wiggins name, and the lithe swingman took the stage, doing a black-and-white floral print dinner jacket and an ear-to-ear smile. 

"After the smoke cleared on Thursday, Cavs general manager David Griffin -- who recently completed his first head coaching search -- talked about Wiggins, the first player he selected at the helm of Cleveland's front office. 

"'As we said from the beginning, you're either all the way in or all the way out and Andrew Wiggins is all the way in on Cleveland -- and we're really excited about having him,' said Griffin. 'I don't know that I talked to a player who's more joyful with where he's going. I know that he's already been in contact with Kyrie Irving, who reached out to him directly and Kyrie's really excited about having him in the mix.'"

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer touched on the subject of Wiggins possibly pairing up with four-time MVP LeBron James, who opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat earlier this week:  

"Andrew Wiggins has been a Cavalier for all of about 10 minutes when a reporter asked him what kind of pitch he'd make to get free agent LeBron James to come back to Cleveland.

"'I want to win,' Wiggins said with a big smile after the Cavs made him the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night in Barclays Center. 'If he wants to win, we'd be good together.'

"Exactly 11 years ago Thursday, the Cavs took James with the No.1 pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Whether he'll return to the Cavs to join forces with the super-athletic Wiggins is anybody's guess, but Cleveland is a better team today -- especially defensively -- than it was yesterday after adding Wiggins. The Cavs also took Virginia shooting guard Joe Harris with the 33rd pick in the second round." 

Wiggins also told Boyer he ran into new Cleveland head coach David Blatt last week on a day when they were both interviewed by the Cavaliers:

"I talked to him. I ran into him when I went to go work out for Cleveland. I think he's going to do great things for our team and just help us on the come-up. 

"A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now. It's a dream come true. I've been dreaming of this moment since I was a little kid. My dream was just to make the NBA...It's just a crazy feeling right now. It doesn't even feel real."

Here was how the rest of the 2014 NBA draft's first round went, per 

2. Jabari Parker, small forward, Milwaukee Bucks 

3. Joel Embiid, center, Philadelphia 76ers

4. Aaron Gordon, power forward, Orlando Magic

5. Dante Exum, shooting guard, Utah Jazz

6. Marcus Smart, point guard, Boston Celtics

7. Julius Randle, power forward, Los Angeles Lakers

8. Nik Stauskas, shooting guard, Sacramento Kings

9. Noah Vonleh, power forward, Charlotte Hornets

10. Elfrid Payton, point guard, Philadelphia 76ers (traded to the Orlando Magic)

11. Doug McDermott, small forward, Golden State Warriors (traded to the Chicago Bulls)

12. Dario Saric, power forward, Orlando Magic (traded to the Philadelphia 76ers)

13. Zach LaVine, point guard, Minnesota Timberwolves

14. T.J. Warren, small forward, Phoenix Suns

15. Adreian Payne, power forward, Atlanta Hawks

16. Jusuf Nurkic, center, Chicago Bulls (traded to the Denver Nuggets)

17. James Young, shooting guard, Boston Celtics 

18. Tyler Ennis, point guard, Phoenix Suns 

19. Gary Harris, shooting guard, Chicago Bulls (traded to the Denver Nuggets)

20. Bruno Cabocio, small forward Toronto Raptors

21. Mitch McGary, power forward, Oklahoma City Thunder

22. Jordan Adams, shooting guard, Memphis Grizzlies

23. Rodney Hood, shooting guard, Utah Jazz

24. Shabazz Napier, point guard, Charlotte Hornets (traded to Miami Heat)

25. Clint Capela, power forward, Houston Rockets

26. P.J. Hairston, shooting guard, Miami Heat (traded to Charlotte Hornets)

27. Bogdan Bogdanovic, shooting guard, Phoenix Suns 

28. C.J. Wilcox, shooting guard, Los Angeles Clippers

29. Josh Huestis, small forward, Oklahoma City Thunder

30. Kyle Anderson, power forward, San Antonio Spurs 

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