HoopsHype Andrew Wiggins rumors

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“Yeah, it was a strange feeling, because I remember being Andrew Wiggins,” Bryant said. “I remember playing against Michael my first year. To be here tonight and to play against him, seeing the baby face and the little footwork or little technique things that he’s going to be much sharper at as time goes on -- it was like looking at a reflection of myself 19 years ago. It was pretty cool.” ESPN.com

December 12, 2014 Updates

On the Wolves, family is paramount. After the fair, everyone went to dinner at the house of coach Flip Saunders. His son Ryan is an assistant coach. Two sons of retired coach Rick Adelman, for whom Saunders took over, are also on the team’s staff. This is a milieu Wiggins and Bennett know well. Wiggins is one of six kids, Bennett the youngest of three. The party was a good one. Ribs were cooked. Wiggins’ parents and Anthony’s mother were there. It was a salve, the end of a summer in limbo. “It was just long,” says Wiggins of the lead-up to the trade. “Not really knowing where you’re going to end up.” In November, Wiggins sits beside Bennett for an interview in a small, cinderblocked room at Target Center in Minneapolis. Despite the team’s losing ways, both relish the chance to play and improve. “We couldn’t ask for a better position,” Wiggins says. “Like he said,” Bennett adds, “we’re in the best situation we can be.” Toronto Globe & Mail

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But the greatest takeaway for Wiggins came when Wade approached the rookie after the game and offered a few words of encouragement (no, they didn’t spend any time badmouthing LeBron James for abandoning each of them). “He asked me if I wanted to be great,” Wiggins said of his postgame exchange with Wade. “I said yes. He said I’ve got all the tools to be great, just keep working.” ESPN.com

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Wiggins had his best game thus far Wednesday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a 98-91 road win over Brooklyn. He played a season-high 37 minutes, including down the stretch when he was asked by coach Flip Saunders to defend Joe Johnson, one of the best 1-on-1 wings in the NBA. “He reminded me of Paul George,” an Eastern Conference GM told SheridanHoops. “Paul came in a better off-ball defender than Andrew. He’s probably a good on-ball defender. Paul had a very difficult time handling the ball when he came in and worked on it and their shooting is similar. I’d say Andrew is a hair better athlete and Paul is a little bigger maybe. SheridanHoops

That “killer instinct” isn’t something a player can learn or pick up over time. It’s something within him like an “it” factor. You either have it, or you don’t. Or as Nets coach Lionel Hollins would say, “You’re either pregnant, or you’re not.” “His skill level is awesome,” an Eastern Conference GM told SheridanHoops. “His athleticism is off the charts. He’s got a prototypical NBA body and will get stronger. He can be a Paul George type of defender. In the open court, he can be really a terrific player. For him it’s just a matter of continuing to develop a skill set. He’ll do that. He’s a hard worker.” SheridanHoops

I asked Rubio what advice he has given Wiggins after coming over from Spain as the youngest player to play in the Spanish ACB League at 14. “It’s hard when you had all the hype and you have a couple of games where you don’t – I wouldn’t say respond, but if people don’t – see numbers because in this league it’s all about numbers,” Rubio replied. “Maybe you had six points, but you had a great game. It’s something that he had to understand. He had to feel good if he gave everything on the court. It’s something that he had to respect the process. It’s not going to come and score 20 or 25 points a game. That’s only something LeBron or Carmelo can do as a rookie. I think he’s been good so far knowing what to do to help the team.” SheridanHoops

October 30, 2014 Updates

Love was traded away in the offseason to Cleveland in a blockbuster move to acquire Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young. Wiggins was the centerpiece of the deal, and the Timberwolves are hoping he might be the face of the franchise in future years. It also appears he wants to stay here as he recently purchased a home in Minneapolis. “One thing a lot of people don’t know is he moved his entire family up here, his younger sisters, his mom and dad. They bought a house here in the Twin Cities,” Timberwolves vice president of communications Brad Ruiter told WCCO-TV’s Ali Lucia on WCCO This Morning. “The fact that he moved his entire family up here tells me that he wants to put some roots down here.” CBS Minnesota

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