Why Parker should go No. 1

Former Duke small forward the safest, smartest pick for Cleveland

Updated: May 21, 2014, 11:15 AM ET
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider

Travis Wear, Jabari ParkerAP Photo/Jason DeCrowJabari Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds a game last season for Duke.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' wish list is simple: Small forward. Shooting. Toughness. Basketball IQ.

In a draft in which there's not much disparity among the top three candidates for the No. 1 overall spot -- Kansas teammates Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, as well as Duke forward Jabari Parker -- one stands out as the natural fit for general manager David Griffin and the Cavs.

Parker.