Winner: Canada Basketball NBA
All hail our northern overlords. For the second year in a row, a Canadian was selected with the No. 1 overall pick. Andrew Wiggins followed in Bennett's footsteps, and he did so with a wide smile. Donning an outrageous jacket — see below — and a look of major relief, Wiggins finally arrived at the end of his years-long draft journey, delivering on the hype that has followed him since he was in middle school. In interviews over the years, Wiggins has always made it clear that he enjoys representing Canada while playing against the best the United States has to offer; on Thursday, he came out on top. Canada becomes the first country besides the USA to produce two consecutive No. 1 picks, and it's done it despite having a population that is smaller than California's and roughly 11 percent of the United States'. That certainly qualifies as a hotbed.
What's more, two others Canadians — Nik Stauskas (No. 8 to the Kings) and Tyler Ennis (No. 18 to the Suns) — were selected in the first round. Canada Basketball was SI.com's top draft winner last year and they're now back-to-back champions. The next step? Riding this wave of prospects to major success in international tournaments.
As much fun as the "Wiggins vs. Jabari Parker" pre-draft debate was, imagine how great it will be to see the two go head-to-head in a border war during the Olympics.