With Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embiid showing signs of improvement, the top 3 picks of the 2014 NBA draft is living up to their draft hype.
Although Jabari Parker’s freshman year ended with a loss to the Mercer Bears during March Madness (remember the Nae Nae?), he had an overall good year at Duke. Meanwhile, over at Kansas, Andrew Wiggins had a good freshman year as well, and his teammate, Joel Embiid, made his name known nationwide. Unfortunately, Joel Embiid hurt his back and broke his foot, Jabari Parker tore his ACL during his rookie year, Embiid broke his foot again. Wiggins remained healthy, but at times looked as if he wouldn’t adjust to the NBA well. Now, in their 3rd season, Andrew Wiggins is a man child, Jabari Parker doesn’t look like he tore his ACL, and Joel Embiid is “The Process”.
A few weeks ago, Andrew Wiggins dropped 47 points against the Lakers, and is near the top of the leagu shooting 39% from 3 point range, an area that has never been his strong point. Also, he spent a lot of time this summer working on his game and it’s definitely paying off.
Jabari Parker has been paired quite well with Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Parker himself has been scoring the ball efficiently and beginning to feel comfortable shooting from 3 point range. Last season, Parker attempted only 35 3 pointers, but this season, he’s already attempted 56 and made 19. Jabari was a career-high 5-of-7 from behind the arc in the Bucks’ 93-89 victory over the Magic last month. This gives opponents something to think about when defending him, for all we know, he could very well turn into a shooting machine like one of his heroes, Ray Allen.
Last, but not least, the man who’s likely going to win Rookie of the Year, Joel Embiid. The Sixers deserve a player like him, he plays both sides of the floor, and shoots 3’s from time to time. Oh yeah, he’s also pretty popular amongst the growing NBA Internet culture. Even though he’s on minutes restriction, through 14 games played, he’s scored 20 or more points in 7 of those games, despite playing just 23.3 minutes a night. Also, he’s averaging 18.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks.
Granted that none of these guys are on teams that are ready to win just yet, they do have the potential to be 3 of the best top 3 picks of a draft class.
By: Christina Merrion