Mar 16, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) moves the ball up the court against Virginia Cavaliers forward Akil Mitchell (25) in the championship game of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cavs leaning towards Jabari Parker

According to CBS Sports Columnist Ken Berger, the Cleveland Cavaliers are leaning towards taking Duke freshman Jabari Parker with the first overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. This report comes on the heels of Kansas center Joel Embiid, who was previously the odds on favorite to go No.1, having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot that. The stress fracture was discovered during Embiid’s visit with the Cavaliers.

Taking Parker would mean the Cavaliers would pass on Andrew Wiggins, Embiid’s teammate at Kansas. While both Parker and Wiggins would help the Cavaliers in some regard immediately, Wiggins is seen as the better fit with the current roster. Like Parker, Wiggins can play two positions, but he’s a shooting guard/small forward combo as opposed to a small forward/power forward combo like Parker. The Cavaliers, of course, already have a tweener three/four typer in Anthony Bennett, last year’s No. 1 overall pick.

 

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