Cavaliers Introduce Andrew Wiggins as Mitchell; Embiid Could Miss Entire 2014-15 Season

You have to wonder if it is a bad omen for the Cleveland Cavaliers going forward that broadcaster Fred MacLeod introduced No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins as Mitchell during Friday’s introductory press conference.

MacLeod tried to cover his tracks by saying, “I go back….Mitchell, you wanna make a comeback?”

Mitchell Wiggins, Andrew’s father, hasn’t played in the NBA since 1992 when he was with the Sixers.

Speaking of the Sixers, their top pick and Wiggins’s former Kansas, Joel Embiid, may miss the entire 2014-15 season while recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot. To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Anderson Goes to Reigning NBA Champion Spurs

Prairie View A&M at UCLANEW YORK — There may not be a more perfect fit for Kyle Anderson than landing with the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

The 6-foot-9 Fairview, N.J., native was chosen at No. 30 and should flourish in the structured system and winning culture of the Spurs, who just won their fifth NBA title since 1999 over LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

“He’s unique because there just aren’t a lot of guys that size who can play the point,” UCLA coach Steve Alford told SNY.tv this past season.

Anderson was a near-triple-double last season at UCLA, averaging 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists. To read more of this story, click here

LeBron Gets His Wish as Heat Acquire Shabazz Napier

NapierBy JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK – LeBron James got his wish on Thursday evening and it had nothing to do with his looming free agency.

After Shabazz Napier led Connecticut to a second national championship in four seasons on April 7 — setting himself apart from Kemba Walker and previous UConn guards with his second championship — James tweeted ‘No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier.’

If James re-signs with the Heat this summer, the two will be teammates. To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky’s Randle, Young Headed to Storied Franchises in L.A. and Boston (UPDATED)

RandleNEW YORK — The Kentucky duo of Julius Randle and James Young were drafted by two of the most storied franchises in the NBA.

The 6-foot-9 Randle was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 7 overall pick in the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center, while the 6-7 Young went at No. 17 to the Boston Celtics.

“Lakers, that’s about championships. That’s what I want to bring,” said the 250-pound Randle.

He added: “I couldn’t be more blessed and fortunate to go to an organization like Los Angeles,”

“To be able to learn from those guys. They’ve had so much history and so much success in the past, and to be able to go to an organization like that, who’s had amazing players in the past and learn from a guy like Kobe — I mean, I couldn’t be more happy. This is truly a blessing for me.” To read more of this story, click here

Bill Self Calls Embiid-Olajuwon Comparisons ‘Very Fair’

Embiid2By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK – Comparing Joel Embiid to Hakeem Olajuwon has been all the rage this year, and Kansas head coach Bill Self agrees with the notion.

“They’re very fair, I said that all along and people thought I was nuts,” Self told a handful of reporters at Barclays Center on Thursday evening after the Philadelphia 76ers drafted the injured Jayhawks 7-footer third overall. “You watch him and watch his footwork and how effortlessly he moves, I think they’re very fair comparisons.”

Owners of seven draft picks entering the night,, the Sixers kept that No. 3 pick following an afternoon of rumored activity. The biggest rumor had them shopping the third, 10th and 32nd overall picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for the No. 1 pick. In the end, it all turned out to be conjecture.

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Andrew Wiggins Goes No. 1 as Canada Gets Back-to-Back Top Picks, Says He and LeBron ‘Would be Good Together'; Parker Goes No. 2 to Bucks, Embiid 3 to Sixers


WigginsNEW YORK — Andrew Wiggins
continued the Canadian Invasion of the NBA by becoming the second straight No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft from North of the border.

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected the 6-foot-8 shooting guard out of Thornhill, Ontario by way of Kansas with the top pick  over Duke forward Jabari Parker, who went No. 2 to the Milwaukee Bucks just as he had predicted this week.

“A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now,” said Wiggins, the second No. 1 pick from Kansas following Danny Manning in 1988 . “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. Now going to high school and college, the opportunity and possibility of going No. 1 came into talk, and now I accomplished all of that.

“So it’s just a crazy feeling right now. I don’t really know how to feel. It doesn’t even feel real right now.”

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Julius Randle Glad He Won’t Have to Find Minutes for Kentucky Players, Reiterates He Doesn’t Need Foot Surgery

RandleNEW YORK — With Kentucky set to be absolutely loaded in the frontcourt next season, Julius Randle says he’s glad he doesn’t have to make substitution decisions.

“I think they can be really good,” the 6-foot-9 Randle said Wednesday in advance of the NBA Draft..

“Luckily, I’m not the coach so finding minutes for those guys is not my problem.”

While Randle and fellow freshman James Young turned pro, sophomores Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein and freshmen Dakari Johnson, Andrew and Aaron Harrison all opted to remain on campus.

Coach John Calipari next season will have plenty of depth up front with Poythress, Cauley-Stein, Johnson, sophomore Marcus Lee and incoming freshman Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles. To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky’s James Young Was in Minor Car Accident a Couple Weeks Ago

James Young was in a minor car accident a “couple weeks ago,” a source confirmed to SNY.tv.

Chad Ford of ESPN first Tweeted Thursday morning that the 6-foot-7 Kentucky freshman “was in a minor car accident” that caused him to “miss [his] last 5 workouts. He’s OK. But may explain his recent draft slide.”

After peaking as a projected lottery pick, DraftExpress.com has the Michigan native going No. 24 to the Charlotte Bobcats in tonight’s NBA Draft but not because of the car accident. To read more of this story, click here

Dario Saric Intends to Join NBA After Two Years With Turkish Club

Dario SaricBy JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK Whichever team drafts Dario Saric on Thursday evening is going to have to wait until 2016 for the payoff on its investment.

The 20-year old Croatian phenom has inked a three-year deal, €6 million deal with Turkish League power Anadolu Efes. There is a player option for the third year, which means Saric is essentially out of the NBA mix for the next two seasons.

With the player option potentially delaying Saric’s NBA debut even further, he says he intends to only play the first two years of Turkish contract before finally coming over to the United States. To read more of this story, click here

Ennis Says Toronto, Orlando Are Likely Landing Spots


NEW YORK
—  Former Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis says he believes he could land with the Orlando Magic or Toronto Raptors in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-3 Ennis gave ESPN’s Andy Katz that information during a sit-down on Tuesday before meeting with the rest of the media Wednesday.

The Magic pick at No. 4 and No. 12 in the Draft, while the Raptors hold the No. 20 pick.

“I worked out for Orlando twice so they got to look at me in different situations, they got to look at me more than once but as far as workouts I think every team that called me in knows my background, knows what I can do in a game situation so it’s just going to come down to the whole draft nigth really,” Ennis said Wednesday. To read more of this story, click here