Andrew Wiggins has been re-installed as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com.
The 6-foot-8 Wiggins has averaged 35.5 points in his last two games while teammate Joel Embiid has been out with a back injury. The 7-foot Embiid had previously been No. 1 on DraftExpess.com, but it now remains unclear when he will return this season.
“It’s a combination of [Wiggins’s] terrific play as of late and the question marks about Embiid’s back and how that might affect him long-term,” Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com told SNY.tv.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck recently joked that he wants Wiggins in this year’s NBA Draft. The Celts have two first-round picks.
Givony lists Embiid as No. 2, Jabari Parker of Duke at No. 3, Julius Randle of Kentucky at No. 4 and Australian guard Dante Exum at No. 5.
Some NBA personnel are on the same page, while others still think Embiid could go No. 1.
“Wiggins is the No. 1 pick,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv.
“[Wiggins’s] past two weeks may have put him in the discussion of No. 1 but if Embiid’s condition turns out to be nothing real serious I still see [Embiid] as the No. 1,” one former NBA executive told SNY.tv.
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