Wiggins is No. 1, Napier to Miami in NBA draft

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The first 30 selections of the 2014 NBA draft are projected onto a video screen at the conclusion of the first round, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (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)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Andrew Wiggins (R) of Kansas embraces NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after Wiggins was drafted #1 overall in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Andrew Wiggins (R) of Kansas poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after Wiggins was drafted #1 overall in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Andrew Wiggins walks off stage after being drafted #1 overall in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Andrew Wiggins smiles during an interview after being drafted #1 overall in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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, 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)
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)
NEW YORK - MAY 20: NBA Draft prospects Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid watches the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery on May 20, 2014 at the ABC News' 'Good Morning America' Times Square Studio in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Aaron Gordon of Arizona walks on stage after being selected with the #4 overall pick by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Aaron Gordon addresses the media after being selected 4th overall by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jeyhoun Allebaugh/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Dante Exum addresses the media after being selected 5th overall by the Utah Jazz during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jeyhoun Allebaugh/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Dante Exum (R) of Australian Institute of Sport shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the #5 overall by the Utah Jazz during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Marcus Smart (R) of Oklahoma State shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the #6 overall pick by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 26: Marcus Smart talks with the media after being selected number six overall by the Boston Celtics during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse. D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 26: Julius Randle shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected number seven overall by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse. D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN - JUNE 26 : Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers, the 7th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft looks on June 26, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Steve Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Noah Vonleh (R) of Indiana shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the #9 overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Noah Vonleh addresses the media after being selected 9th overall by the Charlotte Hornets during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jeyhoun Allebaugh/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 26: Elfrid Payton shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected number ten overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse. D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 26: Elfrid Payton talks with the media after being selected number ten overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse. D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Doug McDermott of Creighton (R) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted with the #11 overall pick by the Denver Nuggets during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 26: Doug McDermott, the 11th pick overall by the Chicago Bulls, poses for a portrait during the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
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BY BRIAN MAHONEY
AP BASKETBALL WRITER

NEW YORK (AP) -- Andrew Wiggins went No. 1, so he got to make the first pitch.

What would he say to LeBron James about joining him in Cleveland?

"I want to win," Wiggins said. "If he wants to win, we'd be good together."

Shabazz Napier is on his way to Miami, complete with James' endorsement, so maybe he's the key to keeping James right where he is.

"I would hope so," Napier said. "He's one of the best players in the world. So if me going there helps him come back, it just betters our chances of being a complete team."

Welcome to today's NBA, where even rookies are recruiters.

Long before the draft was over, the focus was already turning toward free agency, which kicks off July 1 with James and Carmelo Anthony as the top prizes.

So when the so-called experts make their draft grades, the one that matters most might have come from James himself on Twitter, shortly after Napier was selected by the Charlotte Hornets and dealt to the Heat in a trade that won't become official until later Thursday.

"My favorite player in the draft! (hashtag) Napier," James wrote.

Others may be better in a deep draft that was loaded with young talent.

That starts with Wiggins, whom the Cavaliers took with their second straight No. 1 overall pick. They're hoping the Kansas freshman turns out better than fellow Canadian 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 some consider the more NBA-ready player after an All-American season for the Blue Devils. Playing 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.

It was considered a deep draft, with top-level talent stretching toward the bottom of the lottery and perhaps beyond. 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.

The highlight of the night came just after the lottery, when Silver welcomed Baylor's Isaiah Austin to the stage for an emotional tribute. Austin had to end his playing career after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart.

Wearing a blue hat with the NBA logo, Austin rose for a standing ovation after Silver announced that: "The NBA selects Isaiah Austin."

There were 10 international players in the first round, tied for the second-most in draft history. It ended with NBA champion San Antonio taking UCLA's Kyle Anderson.

The Spurs routed James and the Heat in five games in the NBA Finals, and James informed Miami on Tuesday he would opt out of the final two years of his contract. He could stay with a stronger team in South Florida, or go somewhere else - perhaps with Anthony - for another title shot.

Just don't ignore the new kids.

"You got Doug McDermott scoring 3,000 points. Shoot, you got Julius Randle went to the national championship. Shabazz Napier won two national championships," Parker said. "I mean, we're all good. We're all great players."

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