We all know by now that Andrew Wiggins will be in a Timberwolves jersey in approximately two weeks. This is not an analysis of this trade, this is proving all the critics wrong.
Many people think Wiggins wants to stay in Cleveland, and win a championship with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and others. Many people think that Wiggins was disappointed when he heard the news he would be living in Minnesota for half the year.
Wiggins has said he doesn’t care what team he plays for, as long as he is wanted. And the Timberwolves want him. They really want him. So Wiggins should be happy, end of story? No.
As a Wolves fan it is hard to admit, but the Wolves have been utterly terrible since Kevin Garnett was traded to Boston. SB Nation recently released a graph that displayed every franchise’s playoffs wins since 2005.
There’s the Wolves. At the bottom, tied with the Charlotte Bobcats for last place.
While the Wolves are not poised for success in the upcoming season, they have a sturdy foundation set, and could definitely have postseason success in the near future.
Wiggins is already a defense stud, and will only get better on that end as he fills out. However, Wiggins is not going to be just a defensive specialist; he has the potential to be an NBA superstar.
He seems extremely loyal as well, as he was seriously considering going to Florida State alongside UNC, Kentucky and Kansas. Obviously Florida State is an inferior program to the other three, but both his parents went to FSU and he considered it because of that.
Wiggins has the option to make Minnesota his team. Nobody but Wolves fans realize that Minnesota has some talented players on the roster. Kevin Martin put up 19 PPG last season while shooting 39% from the three point line. Nikola Pekovic averaged 17 PPG and pulled down nearly 4 offensive rebounds per contest all while keeping a 20.4 PER, significantly better than the 15 PER that is the league average. Ricky Rubio has not found his shot yet, but is an elite passer and perimeter stopper on defense. Gorgui Dieng showed real promise last season when he received significant playing time. Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III look like really solid prospects.
And you know who will be leading this team three years from now? Andrew Wiggins. The Wolves have the chance to be Wiggins’ team. Five years from now the starting five could look something like this:
Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Gorgui Dieng
This could be a stellar starting five for years to come. The Wolves just have to keep the pieces together.
A recent quote by Bill Self, Wiggins’ former coach at Kansas shows how Wiggins is excited to come to Minnesota.
When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, ‘I hope I get traded.’ And I’m like, ‘No you don’t.’ And he said, ‘Coach, I do. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.’
Wiggins is happy to be heading to Minnesota, as he should. It is the dawn of a new era for Minnesota basketball.
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