THE MISEDUCATION OF ANDREW WIGGINS

Andrew Wiggins has finally been unleashed.

For the first three years of Andrew Wiggins career, it was widely believed that he was going to be a future all-star and his numbers were reflecting in those years. In his fourth year, Jimmy Butler comes along which is Tom Thibodeau’s guy and you can directly see the correlation between the dip in Andrew Wiggins’s production. In his first three years, it was looking like he and Karl Anthony-Towns would be the toast of the league. You could tell the Minnesota Timberwolves were looking for playoff success. Sometimes when you have a young team, you have to go through the bump-and-grinds of losing in order to get the big success. Even Lebron James took three years to make it to the playoffs. Teams get a little impatient and they give up on young talent just to usher in a veteran player who takes shots away from young players with star potential just to make it to the 8th seed in the playoffs. The Wolves got tired of the process then brought in Jimmy Butler, who wasn’t on the same timeline as the young core and wanted a championship now, but wasn’t on the right team. All his addition did was result in minor playoff success and the Wolves going out in the first round as the last seed. Another big problem with bringing in Jimmy Butler was how Thibs was using Andrew Wiggins. Thibs put Wiggins in the corner and made him the third scorer when he had much more scoring instincts than Jimmy Butler. Enter Ryan Saunders and now Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns are playing the best basketball of their careers. Not only have they been playing their best basketball but they are winning. To this point Andrew Wiggins has to be considered a lock for an all-star reserve position. Finally, Andrew Wiggins is delivering on his immense potential.

Jared

I am an avid football and basketball fan following the two sports for the last 25 years.

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