2014 — Nikola Jokic over Andrew Wiggins
I know you think this pick should be Joel Embiid, but did you know Embiid is currently 8th among 2014 draft picks in win shares? He’s behind Dwight Powell, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic, and others. Jokic is the leader by a wide margin, and he’s also the leader in BPM and on court rating. Embiid is obviously the far better defender, but Jokic may be just as far ahead of Embiid on offense, and offense is more valuable. Jokic is the fulcrum of a deadly Denver attack.
He’s also been durable and healthy, and we know that’s a problem for Embiid, still barely 150 games played in five NBA seasons. Embiid has the higher ceiling and is certainly more entertaining off the court, but Jokic is awesome and a worthy #1 selection.