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Cavs take Wiggins with No. 1 pick in draft

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins of Kansas who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins of Kansas who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Andrew Wiggins, left, and Jabari Parker stop for television interviews after being selected as the top two picks in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. Wiggins was selected number one by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Parker was chosen number two by the Milwaukee Bucks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Andrew Wiggins, left, and Jabari Parker stop for television interviews after being selected as the top two picks in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. Wiggins was selected number one by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Parker was chosen number two by the Milwaukee Bucks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins of Kansas who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins of Kansas who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, hugs NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, hugs NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Andrew Wiggins of Kansas stops for a television interview after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Andrew Wiggins of Kansas stops for a television interview after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Jabari Parker of Duke poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Jabari Parker of Duke poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Accompanied by his wife Alma Rangel, left, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks at his primary election night gathering, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in New York.  Rangel is seeking his 23rd term against opponent state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Election officials told The Associated Press Tuesday night that the Democratic primary between Rep. Charles Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in New York's 13th congressional district remains too close to call, with an undetermined number of absentee and provisional ballots outstanding. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Accompanied by his wife Alma Rangel, left, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks at his primary election night gathering, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in New York. Rangel is seeking his 23rd term against opponent state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Election officials told The Associated Press Tuesday night that the Democratic primary between Rep. Charles Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in New York's 13th congressional district remains too close to call, with an undetermined number of absentee and provisional ballots outstanding. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

  • Jabari Parker of Duke, right,  poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Jabari Parker of Duke, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Jabari Parker of Duke is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Jabari Parker of Duke is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Dante Exum, left, hugs friends and family after being selected by the Utah Jazz as the fifth overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Dante Exum, left, hugs friends and family after being selected by the Utah Jazz as the fifth overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Aaron Gordon of Arizona is congratulated after being selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Aaron Gordon of Arizona is congratulated after being selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, left, points to fans after being selected sixth overall by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, left, points to fans after being selected sixth overall by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Arizona forward Aaron Gordon is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Arizona forward Aaron Gordon is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Kansas' Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket against Texas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. Wiggins is a possible pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Kansas' Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket against Texas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. Wiggins is a possible pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

  • Andrew Wiggins of Kansas stops for a television interview after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Andrew Wiggins of Kansas stops for a television interview after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Kansas' Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket against Texas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. Wiggins is a possible pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Kansas' Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket against Texas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. Wiggins is a possible pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins of Kansas who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • Andrew Wiggins, left, and Jabari Parker stop for television interviews after being selected as the top two picks in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. Wiggins was selected number one by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Parker was chosen number two by the Milwaukee Bucks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins of Kansas who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, hugs NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Andrew Wiggins of Kansas stops for a television interview after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Jabari Parker of Duke poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • Accompanied by his wife Alma Rangel, left, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks at his primary election night gathering, Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in New York.  Rangel is seeking his 23rd term against opponent state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Election officials told The Associated Press Tuesday night that the Democratic primary between Rep. Charles Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in New York's 13th congressional district remains too close to call, with an undetermined number of absentee and provisional ballots outstanding. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
  • Jabari Parker of Duke, right,  poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Jabari Parker of Duke is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Dante Exum, left, hugs friends and family after being selected by the Utah Jazz as the fifth overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • Aaron Gordon of Arizona is congratulated after being selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, left, points to fans after being selected sixth overall by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • Arizona forward Aaron Gordon is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Kansas' Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket against Texas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. Wiggins is a possible pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
  • Andrew Wiggins of Kansas stops for a television interview after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Kansas' Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket against Texas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. Wiggins is a possible pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

NEW YORK – With Andrew Wiggins at No. 1, it was a big night for Canada and Kansas. And it better be the right one for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland went north of the border to open the NBA draft for the second straight year last night, hoping Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett.

Thrilled to go first and even happier when Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid went two picks later, Wiggins beamed in his black tuxedo jacket with a white floral pattern.

“A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now,” Wiggins said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Bennett was injured last summer, came into the season out of shape and made no impact, one of the reasons the Cavs were back in this spot again.

But Wiggins seems a much more ready product after averaging a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points. He might have ended up as the top pick anyway, but became the best option for the Cavs when Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.

After making Canada the only country besides the U.S. to have consecutive No. 1 picks, Wiggins slipped on a maroon Cleveland hat, hugged his supporters and went on stage to shake hands with Commissioner Adam Silver, who was calling the first round for the first time since replacing David Stern.

Milwaukee followed with another freshman, Duke forward Jabari Parker, who on Wednesday disputed that he was out of shape for his workout with Cleveland and performed poorly. Some consider him the more NBA-ready player after an All-American season for the Blue Devils, and getting to play in Milwaukee puts him near his family in Chicago.

“I’m just very optimistic,” Parker said. “If it was 1, 2, put me at 60, just getting that opportunity, getting that chance of being in the NBA.”

Embiid went third to Philadelphia, drawing loud cheers from the many red-and-blue dressed 76ers fans who made the trip to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as well as from Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams, last season’s Rookie of the Year who was sitting on the arena floor level.

The 76ers had two top-10 picks and could afford to take a chance on Embiid, the big man who may have ended up the top prize despite his lone season at Kansas ending early because of a bad back. But once the foot injury popped up during workouts, leaving his NBA debut uncertain after surgery, the two teams at the top passed.

“He worked so hard,” Wiggins said. “He didn’t let nothing get to him. He always stayed motivated. So I’m just proud. It’s a proud moment for Kansas.”

Arizona forward Aaron Gordon went fourth to Orlando, which also had two picks in the lottery, followed by Australian guard Dante Exum to Utah.

Then came two teams not used to picking so high: The Boston Celtics took Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, with the rival Los Angeles Lakers following at No. 7 with Kentucky forward Julius Randle.

It was considered a deep draft, with top-level talent stretching toward the bottom of the lottery and perhaps beyond. It squeezed itself into the free agency frenzy that kicked off Monday, when Carmelo Anthony informed the New York Knicks he would become a free agent. LeBron James did the same the next day in Miami, and moves around the league since then appeared to be made with the pursuit of them in mind.

If James is interested in returning to Cleveland, a new teammate would be glad to welcome him.

“I want to win,” Wiggins said. “If he wants to win, we’d be good together.”

The 76ers took point guard Elfrid Payton of Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 10 with their second pick – they went into the draft with seven overall in the two rounds – and Orlando grabbed Croatian forward Dario Saric with its other lottery pick at No. 12.

In between, Denver took Creighton’s Doug McDermott, but the scoring star was already bracing for a reported trade to Chicago, asking officials if he was supposed to keep wearing the Nuggets hat. He was told he was until the deal was made.

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