Andrew Wiggins is starting to show some good signs. The number 1 pick from 2014 by the Cleveland Cavaliers was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves that summer for Kevin Love. In his first five seasons in the league, Wiggins didn’t really play at the level he was expected to. As a highly regarded prospect during his lone colegiate season at Kansas he showed signs that he could become a potential superstar, and Timberwolves fans have not been satisfied due to Wiggins not even being named an all-star yet, and not being very close to it. A lot of people gave up hope in Wiggins, expecting him to never pan out and be average forever. Aside from the majority, the Timberwolves front office maintained a optomistic belief.
The Wolves gave Andrew a five year contract extension worth over $147 million . The NBA world was on the fence with this signing. Wiggins showed he could be a solid player, but he hadn’t really proved he deserved max money. The Timberwolves hoped that they made the right decision, and his start to this season says they have. In his first 11 games, Wigs is putting up 25.9 points, and just over 5 rebounds per game. He’s been shooting more effeciently than ever too, making .473% of his shots from the field.
This is a great sign for the Timberwolves, as Wiggins could potentially break out of his shell this season and make his way closer to the stardom we all expected. Maybe he just needed time. Not everyone gets in to the league and is a star right away. It’s been common recently, (thanks Luka) but some people need a few years to adjust to the NBA, and maybe Wiggins is one of those people. The Wolves are off to a solid 7-4 start this season. With Karl-Anthony Towns already emerged as one of the best centers in the league, could Wiggins jump to stardom and create the dynamic duo we expected to form a couple years ago. He’s definitely in all-star conversations if this level of play keeps up, and maybe we are seeing Andrew Wiggins get closer and closer to his star potential.