With the 2014 NBA Draft now just one month away, TSN 1050's Will Strickland and Duane Watson, hosts of "1-on-1 with Will & Duane" heard on Sunday nights, have released their mock draft for the first round.
While both analysts go in different directions with their selections (as they often do on their show), there is consensus at the top of the draft, starting with some Canadian content at first-overall. Strickland and Watson both have Thornhill, Ontario's Andrew Wiggins out of Kansas going first-overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he would join fellow GTA products in Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett.
"A unique situation where talent and need are both met. Wiggins's upside is high and will excel at the pro level," says Watson of the pick.
Wiggins's Jayhawks teammate, centre Joel Embiid, is Watson's choice for the next pick to the Milwaukee Bucks. Watson agrees with the assessment.
"Embiid is the logical choice," says Strickland. "His back issues might be a red flag for some, but it's hard to pass on this potential."
For Strickland, the next Canadian to go in the first round will be Syracuse point guard, Tyler Ennis. He has him going at #6 to the Boston Celtics.
"Excellent pick, especially if Rajon Rondo is no longer in Boston's future plans," says Strickland. "Smart, tough, solid and may get the keys to the car before trade deadline."
Watson also sees Ennis being taken early on, but not until the 15th-selection and the Orlando Magic.
While Strickland sees a pair of Canadians heading to Arizona with Melvin Ejim of Iowa State going at #14 and Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski going at #27 to the Phoenix Suns, there's no place for the duo in Watson's first round. The final consensus Canadian to be drafted in the first round will be Michigan guard Nik Stauskas. Strickland sees the Mississauga, Ontario product heading to the Denver Nuggets at #11, while Watson believes he'll be taken one pick later by the Orlando Magic.
"A flat-out shooter, something the Magic lack and one with an overlooked ability to create his own shot and create for others," says Watson of Stauskas.
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