NBA Draft Recap
NEW YORK (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to pass on Joel Embiid in the NBA draft. The Philadelphia 76ers did not.
The Cavs used the first overall pick in the draft to select forward Andrew Wiggins, who averaged a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points last season. Wiggins became the best option for the Cavs once Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.
The 76ers snared Embiid with the third choice after the Milwaukee Bucks picked Duke freshman Jabari Parker. Embiid averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and 2.6 blocks as a Kansas freshman last season but missed the NCAA tournament due to a back injury.
Parker also enters the NBA after one season of college. He set Blue Devils freshman records with 670 points, a 19.1 scoring average and 306 rebounds.
Orlando used the fourth pick to grab Arizona power forward Aaron Gordon. Australian product Dante Exum went to Utah with the fifth selection. Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart is a Celtic after Boston took him with the sixth pick.
The Los Angeles Lakers landed Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh choice, one pick before Michigan shooting guard Nik Stauskas was taken with the eighth selection. Charlotte snared forward Noah Vonleh of Indiana with the ninth pick, and the Sixers completed the first ten selections by taking point guard Elfrid Payton of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Doug McDermott was chosen 11th by Denver before the Nuggets shipped his draft rights to Chicago for the 16th and 19th picks