NBA Rumors: Will Teams Happily Tank 2013-2014 Season as NCAA Class is Packed with Talent

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Nov 13, 2013 01:15 PM EST
NBA Rumors: Utah Jazz to Tank?
From L-R: Utah Jazz guards Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley and Randy Foye sit on the bench during their loss to the New York Knicks late in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, March 9, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine "

The race for first place is what everybody keeps their eye on. Everybody asks who is going to be the champion? In 2013-2014, the true winners might be those who finish at the bottom of the pack. Will the NBA have to penalize teams as some might actually tank their seasons in order to get their hands on the top talent in the 2014 NBA Draft pool? 

Check out the talent. 

Andrew Wiggins: He is a Kansas Jayhawk and a winner. At 6' 8" and 200 lbs, he might seem a bit too big to be a guard, but he is extremely versatile. He is leading the to a 2-0 start and leads the team with 19 points scored in the first two games of the season. He is shooting 58 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three, while averaging 5.5 rebounds a night. 

He scored 22 points, grabbing eight rebounds and picking up a block in the victory over the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils. He might have made the most noise among the other three, but he was the only one of the three big stars that helped his team win.

Julius Randle: The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats trailed early in their game, facing a 12-point deficit at the half. Randle only had scored four points in the first 20 minutes of the game, but that quickly changed in the second half as the Wildcats came roaring back. 

Randle scored 23 points in the second half, scoring the first six points for Kentucky 1:50 into the new period. He did it all, actually leading the Wildcats to complete the deficit, but eventually, it was Michigan St. who was able to close out the deal, winning the ball game 78-74. 

Jabari Parker: This kid did it all. He not only made bucket after bucket, but he had the highlights. He finished the night with 27 points and nine rebounds, finishing with the game-high in both stats. He completed one-handed alley-hoops and caught fire from beyond the arc. At some point, there was simply nothing the Kansas Jayhawks could do against the highly tauted freshman, who put on a show for his citizens of Chicago. 

Parker finished the game going 9-18 from the floor, but he fouled out, which eventually meant bad news for Duke. Wiggins took over and led his squad to victory. 

Who would you want your NBA team to pick up? Tanking in 2013-2014 will not guarantee any team landing these top tier rookies, but since there are three of them, winning the first three lottery spots would be just as good, so tanking would not even be necessary. 

If the season were to end today, the Indiana Pacers would win the championship, but the winners could be either the Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards or Detroit Pistons as they are the worst teams in the league entering Wednesday. 

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