Cavs welcome Wiggins: No. 1 draft pick talks expectations
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Andrew Wiggins admits he didn’t get much sleep last night after being drafted number one overall by the Cavaliers.
He said his heart was pounding, and there was plenty of excitement. He already has a lot of expectations for himself and he’s ready to prove that he is up for the challenge. The first overall draft pick will wear number 21 in Cleveland.
“I want to be on the all defensive team, be rookie of the year, make the All-Star Team, all that type of stuff,” said Wiggins.
That’s a lot of expectations for a 19-year-old who played just one year of college basketball. He’s already expecting to make an instant splash on a team that had just 33 wins last year.
“I want to come in and create an impact right off the bat, offensively and defensively, bring the team to the next level and be a good teammate,” he said.
Forget the expectations for a minute; Wiggins also has to worry about the pressure of being a number one pick in the NBA. He has already heard from teammate Anthony Bennett, last year’s number one overall pick on handling the pressure.
“Be ready to work because now the journey starts now. The hard work starts, so I just have to be ready for anything that comes my way,” Wiggins said.
Last year, Wiggins played for the Kansas Jayhawks. He averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds. He sees himself as a small forward in the NBA and plans to be more aggressive in his style of play.
“I believe I can shoot it. I can take someone off the dribble, but right now I think my best thing is transition offense, running the floor is my best skill set right now,” said Wiggins.
Besides being able to shoot, Wiggins was taught at a young age by his father, a former NBA player, how important defense was, in fact one of his immediate goals is to stay lower to the ground on defense.
“One of Andrew’s greatest qualities is that he can play both ends of the floor and there is always minutes for a guy that does that,” said Cavs Head Coach David Blatt.
With Wiggins in place and plenty of cap money to spend, the Cavs are hoping this is just the beginning to a very interesting summer.
“Andrew is just the first of what I hope is a monumental off-season,” said Cavs General Manager David Griffin.
In addition to Wiggins, the Cavs also drafted Joe Harris in the second round. He is a point guard out of Virginia and some believe he is a steal of a player in the second round. He was traveling from Washington and was not in attendance at Friday’s news conference.