The Cleveland Cavaliers wrapped up preliminary Summer League play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, and the highlights were plentiful. No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins stole the show once again, and even landed the No. 2 play on SportsCenter during the Monday night cycle. The right-left spin move that Wiggins put on three Philadelphia defenders had the crowd in an uproar, but that wasn’t all wiggins had in store for Cleveland Cavalier fans.
Two of the top prospects from the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett (No. 1 pick) and Nerlens Noel (No. 6 pick), both shined for their respective teams, but it was Wiggins who stole the show for most of the night. Beside from getting it done on the offensive end, Wiggins showed his defensive abilities by meeting Noel at the rim for one of his two blocks on the night. You can watch the behind-the-back block below:
You can’t possibly trade that type of talent, can you? In 29 minutes of play Andrew Wiggins recorded 10 points, three rebounds and three steals to go along with his two blocked shots. The 2014 No. 1 pick also shot 4 of 8 from the field, but turned over the ball four times in the process. Noel saw the same amount of playing time, notching 12 points to go along with six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Yes, it’s just Summer League, but Andrew Wiggins is already living up to what most people are expecting from him during his rookie campaign: an athletic wing who can finish at the hoop and provide game-changing defensive plays. The Cavaliers have been missing a young defensive stud like Wiggins for a long time, so they can’t possibly be thinking about trading him away before he steps foot on the court for his first regular season NBA game.
The Cavs have Tuesday off from Summer League play, so we won’t be seeing any highlights from the likes of Andrew Wiggins today. Cleveland, who went 3-0 in their preliminary games, will have their first Summer League playoff game on Wednesday.