As soon as LeBron James announced that he was leaving the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the speculation surrounding the number one overall pick of last month’s draft, former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins’ future with the team began. There has been a lot of talk about Wiggins being involved in a trade that would send Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers.
However, according to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, Wiggins can actually be an excellent fit next to James.
Wiggins could very well blossom into a third star to complement James and Irving within three years. More important, he has the potential to play the Scottie Pippen role to LeBron’s Michael Jordan: Wiggins enjoys defense, he can cover multiple positions, he can turn defense into offense, he doesn’t need the ball to be effective and he glides around the court like he’s ice skating.
“My game style matches [with James],” Wiggins said. “I can play with anybody. LeBron can play with anybody.”
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season. In his storied career, James has averaged 27.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 74.7% from the free throw line. Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game for the Jayhawks last season while shooting 44.8% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 77.5% from the free throw line. Wiggins was ranked as the top prospect in the draft by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express .