Column: Hoops Critic 2014 NBA Mock Draft

Column: Hoops Critic 2014 NBA Mock Draft

By Brian Geltzeiler / @hoopscritic This is my favorite column to write every year. On its face, it’s a mock draft, but a large portion of the piece will be mocking the draft and those that make the selections, and as my maiden voyage for The Cauldron, a large dose of my insane ramblings. Consider this mock draft an amalgam of what I think should happen and which teams I think are prone to mistakes. Considering the strength and depth of this draft, this will be particularly fun to break down. **** 1) Cleveland Cavaliers- Andrew Wiggins A wise man once taught me that if you step in dog poop once, it’s the dog’s fault. If you step in it twice, it’s your own fault. In this analogy, the #1 overall pick is the dog poop. (Insert Anthony Bennett joke here.) The Cavs get a reprieve from their former GM Chris Grant’s feeble attempt to reinvent the wheel with last year’s #1 overall pick. Everything we heard coming out of Cleveland has them selecting Kansas center Joel Embiid with this pick. I like Embiid’s game a lot, but what I don’t like are his bones which would appear to be made out of paper mache. Embiid’s latest foot injury is a blessing in disguise for the Cavs because I wouldn’t want to be the GM who passes on Wiggins. The ‘not aggressive’ criticism of Wiggins is kind of absurd for a 19 year old kid. The kid does a great job of letting the game come to him and is prepared to be an above average defensive player the second he...