"I almost changed my mind when I saw it," Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin quipped on the
Wiggins sashayed across a stage inside the
Ultimately, the Cavaliers cared only about Wiggins' style of play, which they felt exceeded that of the more polished but lower-ceilinged
That left the
Watching from home, Embiid was initially shown with a disappointed expression after the pick was announced. Broadcasters quickly realized they had been victimized by the vagaries of tape delay and replayed his immediate, smiling reaction.
There were tears inside and outside the draft room when Commissioner
That was easily the best use of fabric on a night seemingly every player unveiled custom haberdashery. Point guard Dante Exum pulled back one side of his suit jacket to reveal a map of his native Australia; point guard Marcus Smart flashed an Oklahoma State logo in the same spot inside his jacket.
Some wardrobe issues were unavoidable, such as point guard
The Lakers made news simply by having a first-round selection for the first time since 2007, when they chose the largely forgettable
Of course, Randolph didn't become a double-double machine overnight. Lakers fans may want to skip the rest of this sentence considering Randolph averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game as a rookie.
In what could be a precursor to other moves, the Clippers used the No. 28 pick on Washington shooting guard C.J. Wilcox, giving them a glut of wing players … for the moment.
The local team with the most to celebrate was UCLA, which had three players taken in the first round for the first time since 1979. Point guard Zach LaVine went 13th to the
Former Compton Dominguez and L.A. Price high school star Norvel Pelle went undrafted, though he is expected to receive an invitation to play in the summer league after spending last season with the Delaware 87ers of the Development League.
LeBron James' presence was felt when the
Silver was a hit in his first year presiding over the first round, the boos that had traditionally greeted predecessor
Silver didn't announce the first pick until more than a minute after Cleveland's allotted time had expired, triggering speculation about a possible trade. The Cavaliers kept the pick, their fourth No. 1 selection since they chose James in 2003.
"Welcome to the Cleveland @22wiggins!" tweeted owner Dan Gilbert. "The sky is the limit for you, this franchise and this city … Let's go!"