2014 NBA Draft: Andrew Wiggins Player Profile


2014 NBA Draft: Andrew Wiggins Player Profile

Name: Andrew Wiggins

Position: Small Forward/Shooting Guard

From: Kansas

Height: 6’8″ (with shoes)

Wingspan: 7’0″

Weight: 197


Strengths:

As you can see here, Wiggins is an absolutely phenomenal athlete. His vertical leap is unmatched in this class, and that alone may be enough to get him drafted first overall. He has a stellar second-jump ability that helps him get rebounds on the offensive end and explode for putbacks, often before other players have even recovered from their initial jump. His footspeed is ridiculous for a guy his size, which helps him beat his man off-the-dribble, even without great ball-handling skills. He wasn’t a great shooter in his one season at Kansas, though his mechanics are fluid enough to lead one to believe he’ll easily improve as he goes along. Obviously, he can finish above-the-rim and get out in transition for easy baskets.

Defensively, he may be even better. His length provides loads of problems for opposing players and his lateral movement is such that he’s very difficult to blow-by. He’ll probably be able to guard all three wing spots in the NBA.

Weaknesses: 

The primary knock you’ll hear on Wiggins is his demeanor. He doesn’t appear to have the kind of killer instinct teams like out of their Alpha Male type players, though that’s certainly something that can develop over time. Is he assertive enough with the ball to be a go-to scorer? He’s also quite lanky, so it seems unlikely he’d be able to have much success banging down low on either end of the floor. His focus seemed to wane at times last season, and he often disappeared in games. Most notably, he scored just four points in Kansas’ round one loss in the NCAA Tournament. His shot selection was also iffy at times, which is something that may just come with youth.

Overall:

In terms of upside, Wiggins is pretty much unmatched in this draft. If he can fill out a bit and add some strength, he has all the physical tools you’d want out of a wing. His two-way potential is off-the-charts, and his success hinges quite a bit on the mental side of things. Once he realizes he can take his man off-the-dribble and explode to the bucket consistently, he may be virtually unstoppable. The LeBron James comparisons aren’t entirely fair, especially considering they aren’t really of the same physical mold at all. But Wiggins certainly has the chance to be a special player, and the Cavs will have a hard time passing on him with the No. 1 overall pick.

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