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2014 NBA Draft: Cavs select Andrew Wiggins with first pick

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NBA Central Focus: Detroit Pistons rivals the Cleveland Cavaliers select Andrew Wiggins with pick No. 1. Ohhhhhhh Canada.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued to build their young foundation by selecting Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. His defense is way ahead of his offense right now but he has the tools to develop into a very good offensive player.

The other options for the Cavaliers were Jabari Parker, a more polished, explosive offensive scorer without the defensive prowess of Wiggins, or Joel Embiid who was the consensus No.1 prospect in the draft but broke his foot and slid down draft boards as a result.

Wiggins joins Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick last year, Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 and Dion Waiters.

So does this mean the Cavs have finally put things together and will join the upper echelon in the Eastern Conference? Despite the presence of all these high picks they have yet to put together a winning season since 2009-10.

Bennett had one of the worst seasons for a No. 1 overall pick in NBA history, Waiters has shown to be a streaky offensive force with a selfish streak and Kyrie Irving has elite skills but has troubles staying healthy and some question whether his long-term home is with the Cavaliers.

As the Detroit Pistons look to reclaim their spot among the elite in the Eastern Conference, how much do the Cavaliers scare you?