Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins remains Wolves’ X-factor

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 5: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 5: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Andrew Wiggins will play a major role in how the Minnesota Timberwolves season plays out. Heading into his sixth season, he is the team’s biggest X-factor.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are still looking to find their identity.

They have the framework in place with the new coaching staff and are moving towards a modern style of play. They also know and understand that they must build around Karl-Anthony Towns.

On the surface, it appears that they’re heading in the right direction and it’s almost a matter of time before they find their true identity. Furthermore, while they may not make the playoffs, there is one player that can have the biggest impact on the Timberwolves season.

Entering Year Six of Andrew Wiggins‘ career, it’s easy to assume that what we’ve seen is what he will always be. But, it’s also easy to bet that there is still something there that many people fell in love with entering the NBA.

It looks as if Wiggins has been working harder than ever to help improve his game. He’s been in Minnesota for a large portion of the summer working out and has also spent time playing five-on-five in Los Angeles.

Wiggins still has a lot of potential and if he is able to put it all together, it’s easy to see him as an All-Star candidate one day.

There’s still a lot of work to do, but we’ve seen flashes of his potential every once in a while. Ryan Saunders’ first game as the teams head coach is a perfect example of what Wiggins can be. That 40-10 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder is arguably his best game as a pro and that’s what gets people excited about his future.

Robert Covington should be healthy, and along with Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie will play a pivotal role in how the season shakes out. However, Wiggins easily has the biggest fluctuation in how good he can make the Wolves.

Wiggins has had a full offseason under Saunders and a fresh start after the whole Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler fiasco. Before that duo arrived, Wiggins seemed to be on his way to potential stardom, averaging over 23 points per game.

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Now, as the Wolves shift to a faster pace and more modern game, Wiggins could find himself back to his original self. It’s easy to get excited for the upcoming season with all the newcomers — both players and staff — but this could be the leap year we’ve all been waiting for with the former No. 1 overall pick.