It looked former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins was going into the perfect situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’d be able to learn under LeBron James and wouldn’t have as much pressure on him to develop. Now that he is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves, that’ won’t be the case. However, he will get more shots and have more responsibility in Minnesota than he would have in Cleveland and that is certainly a positive.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders knows Wiggins can’t be considered a future superstar yet but believes he has the potential to be just that.
With that said, there’s no doubt that Wiggins has a ton of upside and he played well enough to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. It looks like Wiggins will be dealt from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves later this month, but that actually may help him become a star. In Minnesota, he’ll have the chance to emerge as the face of the franchise, whereas he would’ve been a role player in Cleveland as he deferred to James, Irving and Love. Wiggins will have every opportunity to succeed and put up huge numbers with the Timberwolves.
However, it’s far too early to consider him a future superstar just yet, as he hasn’t played a single minute of NBA basketball. The potential is there, but he has a lot of developing to do before he is on the same level as the five players mentioned on this list.
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 for the Jayhawks last season.
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