Timberwolves fourth-year wing Andrew Wiggins has long been one of the most polarizing figures in the NBA. How does his passive demeanor impact him both on the court and in the perception by the basketball world?
In many ways, this season has been a microcosm of Andrew Wiggins’ entire basketball career.
On some nights he displays, every remarkable skill that could be realistically asked of an elite-level NBA wing player, while on others he exhibits minimal energy and looks as though he’s playing in a rec league game just 10 minutes after waking up from a nap.
This perpetual, wavering intensity from Wiggins has long confused and frustrated fans organization as they see the prowess he is capable of bringing.
His legs are turbo-charged with quick-twitch muscles, allowing for incredible leaping ability and lightning quick movements. His jump shot is a picturesque spring upwards with a high release point, allowing him to make highly difficult shots look routine. Wiggins owns the size (6’-8″), genetic makeup (his dad was a former NBA player, his mom a former Olympic sprinter), and skill-set that should give opponents nightmares on a gamely basis.
Yet far too often, Wiggins can be found drifting in and out of focus in this season where the Timberwolves are finding success despite his contributions instead of because of them.