Jan 5, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) is guarded by Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo (10) during the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Wiggins: Minnesota Timberwolves: 16.8 Points, 4.5 Rebounds, 2.1 Assists, 1 Steal, 0.6 Blocks, 43.6% Field Goal Percent, 31.5% Three Point Field Goal Percent
Other notables: Scored over 20 points 26 times, Scored over 30 points 9 times, got 3 or more steals in a game six times,
Regardless of late surges by Payton and Mirotec the easy pick for the National Media will be Andrew Wiggins by an overwhelming margin. The Canadian has been a stand-out on a team who’ve been decimated by injury all season. He is the lone Timberwolf who played in every game, and he didn’t just play he logged the most minutes on court of all players in the NBA since December.
Imagine you are a 19-year old who has been selected first overall and all you’ve heard about is LeBron James, but you know he doesn’t want you on his team. No, your fodder to go get the player James really wants to play beside. At 19 he can never fully settle in and find a home, he can’t get into a routine or get to know his team mates. The franchise know they are shopping you to get James his requested star so they aren’t working with you to develop you and all of this prior to ever stepping on the court for your first professional game.
I’ve debated with the Bboyz about how humorous it will be if Kevin Love decides not to re-sign with Cleveland after they just gave up the top draft pick (in fact the last 2 first round draft picks). I mean think about it, as poorly as Love has fit in this season and considering the one area of concern on the revamped Cavaliers is defense, doesn’t it make you wonder if trading away Wiggins was the worst decision the Cavaliers made all year? I have a feeling whether Love re-signs or not, that trade is going to go down in history as the worst move ever by a Cavaliers GM.
Kevin Love is sure to be actively pursued this summer especially by teams with money or numerous draft picks. Look for Phil Jackson, Danny Ainge and his home town Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to pull out all the stops. Imagine if he walks! Imagine if the Minnesota Timberwolves with a young Zach LaVine, Anthony Bennett, Gorgui Dieng and the under rated Adreian Payne become the new Thunder or Warriors within the next 3 to 5 seasons. It’s not out of the realm of possibility, in fact I think if they add a few key veterans beside Ricky Rubio this team could improve much faster than anticipated. Perhaps they could be the Bucks of the West next year. Perhaps that’s a little too optimistic, but you can see the potential of this team spearheaded by a very driven Wiggins.
He appeared to hit a bit of a rookie wall in terms of his 3 point shooting following the All-Star Break however he’s come back with a vengeance finishing the season with his highest scoring month in April averaging 23.3 points, his most attempts and makes from the line along with his highest percentage from the line (80%) plus he’s registered his most rebounds (6.0) and almost doubled his assists per game (4.1)
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