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Is There Still Hope for Wiggins?

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Ever since Karl-Anthony Towns became the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise, the team’s success has been predicated on how well Andrew Wiggins can perform. Towns is the franchise cornerstone, but he needs help to lead Minnesota into the playoffs. Wiggins has always supposedly been that secondary star to help Towns lead the team. Wiggins’ production will dictate how good the Timbewolves will be this season.

Outside of Wiggins’ third season (2016-17), in which he averaged 23.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 35.6 percent from deep, he hasn’t played up to his potential since. He averages 19.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists while converting 33.2 percent of his attempts from downtown.

Wiggins hasn’t performed up to the standard that other former top picks have set a precedence of. Even his teammate Towns has displayed worthiness of his top selection from the 2015 NBA Draft. Towns has been selected to two All-Star games in his short career. He’s also at the top of both Win Shares and Box Plus/Minus score stats for his draft class. On the flip side, Wiggins hasn’t made an All-Star game yet and is 15th in Win Shares and 27th in Box Plus/Minus score for 2014 NBA Draft class.

Hope Remains For Wiggins to Blossom

Despite entering his sixth season and not being an accomplished former top pick, Wiggins has all the physical tools to have an All-Star level season. If the T-Wolves get that type of production from Wiggins, then Minnesota could be competing for a playoff spot. Obviously, there are holes in the roster that still need to be addressed, such as point guard depth. However, having Wiggins perform at a high level would be a positive step in the right direction for the franchise.

The team is trying to change directions after the failed Tom Thibodeau era. That era did a lot of long-term damage to the team’s future, such as trading Zach LaVine. New President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas has tried to install a new culture based on the roster moves he’s made this summer. Rosas recently talked about the importance of Wiggins to this upcoming season, according to Dane More of ESPN 1500/SKORNorth.

Rosas also pointed out that some of Wiggins’ short comings isn’t completely Wiggins’ fault. As the wing player has dealt with a lot of changes across the franchise. Head coach Ryan Saunders will have to figure out how to get the most out of Wiggins, if Rosas’ faith in Wiggins is to be justified.

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Wiggins could help put the Minnesota Timberwolves into playoff contention if the plays to his potential or the T-Wolves could struggle if he doesn’t. How well Wiggins performs this season will have a direct impact on Minnesota’s success.

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About Lucas Johnson

Regent University graduate with a B.A. in History. Married to the most wonderful woman in the world. Past writing experience includes The Sixer Sense, PopGates and Rotoden, while also being former Co-Site Expert for Valley of the Suns. Current Minnesota Timberwolves Lead for The Lead Sports Media and Co-Site Expert for The Sixer Sense.

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