Canadian wins KIA NBA 2015 Rookie of the Year Award:
“O Canada” is the national anthem of Canada. The lyrics from the rarely heard **third verse are as follows:
O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies,
May Stalwart sons, and gentle maidens rise.
To keep thee steadfast thro’ the years,
As the sun sets on Steve Nash’s career, the two-time NBA MVP is Canada’s greatest basketball player; the sun is rising on Andrew Wiggins’ career. He is the future of Canadian basketball, and the first Canadian and Minnesota Timberwolves’ player to win Rookie of the Year .
The son of former Houston Rockets guard Mitchell Wiggins, averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while participating in all 82 games. He won the Western Conference Rookie of the Month the first four months of the season. In Spite of ending the season with a league-worst 16-66 record, he received 110 out of 130 first-place votes and totaled 604 vote points.
Wiggins, a 6’8”, 200 pound shooting guard with a 6’11” wingspan, was the 2014 number one overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. That preseason trade sent the discontented star, Kevin Love, to Cleveland for Anthony Bennett, the 2013 number one overall pick and fellow Canadian, to Minnesota.
Wiggins entered the league from the University of Kansas with a defensive foundation that was set from day one. His exceptional lateral movement and length permits him to be an above-average perimeter defender and negate physically stronger opponents.
His defensive acumen kept him on the floor. He finished second in the league in minutes, playing 2969 or 36.2 minutes per game. Andrew’s total game rounded out nicely as the season progressed, after a passive offensive start. The “Maple Jordan” Wiggins’ nickname, initiated more aggressive approach in attacking the basket, ended the year in sixth with free-throws attempted at 466.
Flip Saunders, said, “He can make something happen out of nothing. He got to the free throw line … He scored at a high level, he attacked the basket”.
Flip Saunders, said, “He can make something happen out of nothing. He got to the free throw line … He scored at a high level, he attacked the basket.”
He has progressed into a solid two-way player, turning the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise from a place of glum to a potential fixture of glee.
**while Canadians themselves are used to only singing the first verse, there are actually 3 additional verses in the original anthem.
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