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NBA Lottery: Andrew Wiggins is the top prize

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Michigan State's Gary Harris, top, shoots over Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State 68-60. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

By Tony Jones

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published May 19 2014 02:44PM
Updated May 20, 2014 07:36PM

The NBA Draft lottery is here. Finally.

At last, Jazz fans will know where their favorite team will be selecting in next month’s NBA Draft. At last, they’ll get to find out if enduring all the heartache and struggles of this past season was worth it.

It certainly will be if the Jazz get the No. 1 pick. And if they do, their choice should be Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins, the top prospect in the 2014 draft.

Yes, many Jazz fans would love to have Duke forward Jabari Parker. But Wiggins could possibly be the best NBA draft pick since Kevin Durant, and morph into transcendent talent like Durant and LeBron James before his career is over.

Any NBA general manager will have trouble passing on Wiggins’ athleticism, two-way potential and ability to explode. And while this is a draft that will likely produce multiple all-stars, Wiggins stands out as the one player most likely to become a superstar.

Utah sits in the fourth position, with a likelihood of either moving into the top three, or dropping out of the top five all together. The good news: Should the Jazz drop as far as seventh, they can still leave the draft with a guy who will project as an impact player, It’s a testament to how strong and talented the top seven players in this draft are.

tjones@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tjonessltrib

Photos: The Associated Press

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