HoopsHype Andrew Wiggins rumors

March 17, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony: "I'm a big Jabari fan, but it also depends on who has the pick at the No. 1 spot. But as far as being ready-ready, I think Jabari is ready. I think the big kid from Kansas [Joel Embiid] has some upside and [Kansas' Andrew] Wiggins has some potential. But as far as being ready to come in and step right in and kind of make an impact, I'd have to go with Jabari, too, especially because of the way he plays. He can play multiple positions. He can put the ball on the floor. He can score. He is in that Duke system, so he has some savvy with him." Yahoo! Sports

March 15, 2014 Updates

In his college debut, Wiggins finished with 16 points. A USA TODAY Sports headline that night read "Andrew Wiggins was solid in his debut, but hardly LeBron James." Throughout this season, Wiggins has been called everything from a "disappointment" to "underwhelming." "I feel for Wiggins every day," SMU coach Larry Brown said. "You hear one game, 'Oh, he's the first pick.' Then the next game, 'Oh, I'm so disappointed.' That stuff drives me crazy. He's a 19-year-old freshman. He is a special kid." USA Today Sports

He didn't possess the transcendent all-around skill set of James. And he was never going to score with the ease and consistency of Durant. Kansas coach Bill Self knew that Wiggins could not possibly amass statistics that would satisfy many fans or columnists. Based on his performances and personality while he was at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, you could make the case that he has actually overachieved as a freshman. After being asked about Wiggins "turning it on" late this season, former Kansas great Danny Manning told USA TODAY Sports, "He's averaging 17 points per game. What do you mean turn it on? He's averaging 17 points on one of the best teams in the country. There's a lot of balance here." USA Today Sports

March 7, 2014 Updates

To be perfectly clear, Wiggins has never led anybody on. He made it clear from the outset that he would head to the NBA next season, and after having one of the best freshman campaigns in Kansas history, he's certain to be a lottery pick if not the No. 1 overall choice. TSN

"I think it's all puddled up," Wiggins said. "I'm happy, sad, my last game. But I just enjoy my time here. I'm thankful for everything. I can't ask for more. I've been blessed by a good team, great coaches and the greatest fans a team could ask for." TSN

March 1, 2014 Updates

“And the reason I like [Wiggins] is in the NBA the rules reward elite athleticism if you have a skillset and if you play the right way. And I think Wiggins will do that. He has elite athleticism. My question on Wiggins is, does he have the necessary toughness? Is it there inside of him, like Kobe was a stone killer? Michael Jordan was a stone killer. LeBron labored with it and worked on it and it meant so much to him. He worked on his outside shooting because he wanted it so much. And now he’s figured the thing out, how to do it. And obviously physically, he’s an alien, he’s so superior.” ZagsBlog.com

February 19, 2014 Updates

The feeling among the league executives is that Hayward will be part of the team’s future—depending on how the draft lottery shakes out. If the Jazz target one of the top small forwards in the ’14 draft, like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, then Hayward could be expendable in a sign-and-trade. But that won’t be known until May, or even June. Hayward’s long-term future could be up in the air, then, but in the short term, he should remain in Utah. Sporting News

February 15, 2014 Updates

Consider that three second-generation players were selected to participate in Sunday night’s All-Star Game here: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. (Bryant, voted in by the fans, will not play because of a knee injury.) Even more progeny are on the way. Two of this country’s top college players — Andrew Wiggins, a freshman at Kansas, and Jabari Parker, a freshman at Duke — are sons of former N.B.A. players. Both are expected to be lottery picks whenever they decide to make themselves eligible for the draft. Players and coaches cite several factors in the rise of second-generation players, who tend to benefit from genetics (it helps to be tall) and from early access to top-notch instruction. Steve Kerr, a former guard and front-office executive, likened the setting to being immersed in a “basketball think tank” from childhood. “When you grow up in that world, you’re exposed to the best teaching and the best coaching,” said Kerr, an analyst for Turner Sports. New York Times

February 9, 2014 Updates

Saunders said there is a reluctance to deal around the league because of the perception that this year’s draft class is strong. Buzz has centered on possible top picks being Kansas’ Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, Duke’s Jabari Parker, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Dante Exum of Australia. “Either everyone wants to keep their picks or if you want to trade players, people are trying to get your pick and people aren’t as apt to do something like that — not only this year, but next year, too,” Saunders said. “I think it might be a good draft the next couple of years.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

February 4, 2014 Updates

Wiggins had scored 56 points in his past two outings before being limited to just seven points on 2-of-12 shooting against Texas on Saturday. That was the bad news. The good news is that Wiggins continued to show he's going to be aggressive, played great defense and actually upped his 3-point shooting percentage to 37 percent for the season. He's prone to have these inconsistencies, but scouts love that he actually took 12 shots. "He's playing so much better," one GM said. "He's becoming aggressive. He's playing with more poise. He missed a lot of shots on Saturday, but many of them were good shots that just didn't go down. He's going to have to get better at finishing around the basket in traffic, but lately he's been playing like the Wiggins we knew in high school. I think he's still very much in the running for the No. 1 pick. If I were choosing between him and Embiid, I don't know what I'd do." ESPN.com

January 30, 2014 Updates

It is not much of a secret that possible No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins has been associated with agent Rich Paul of LRMR Marketing, the agency that represents LeBron James. Paul has had particular success recruiting Canadian players, and has counted San Antonio’s Cory Joseph and Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson—both from Toronto, like Wiggins—among his clients. Most fellow agents expect Wiggins to sign with Paul whenever he declares for the draft. Sporting News

It is possible, too, a source told Sporting News, that Paul could score a double win with Duke standout Jabari Parker. Paul is believed to be a candidate to represent Parker. But Parker is a Chicago native and former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong—who works with agent Arn Tellem—is in the mix for Parker, too. Sporting News

January 28, 2014 Updates
January 22, 2014 Updates

Ainge has spent the past several months scouting players such as Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart, and Julius Randle, players who could impact the future of the Celtics. Ainge has stacked the organization with as many as 17 draft picks over the next five years; 10 could be first-round picks. The next step is to determine how to replenish the roster. The Celtics could decide to build through the draft, free agency, or both, but those Kevin Garnett- or Ray Allen-type deals are extremely rare. All-Star players who can help win championships are not readily available. Those standout players who are — such as Carmelo Anthony or Pau Gasol — most likely aren’t helping their current team win. Boston Globe

January 17, 2014 Updates

Despite his inconsistencies, Wiggins has played his best against his toughest competition. Against ranked teams this season –- Duke, Florida , San Diego State , Kansas State and Iowa State –- Wiggins is averaging 20.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Against unranked opponents, he’s averaging 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Wiggins has been more efficient and is shooting better from inside the arc and 3-point range against ranked opponents. ESPN.com

January 16, 2014 Updates

Unquestionably, Wiggins is no longer a lock to go No. 1, he could slide to four or five depending on the needs of teams making the selections and, as sad as this may sound, he’s an 18-year-old who some see as a disappointment before he’s really done a single thing. “There was almost too much (hype) about him,” one NBA talent evaluator said this week. “He’s still got a lot of promise and his upside is significant and probably better than any of them but he was built up to be something he’s not yet.” Toronto Star

His tendency to coast through portions of games was a quiet criticism since his high school senior season (“what’s his motor really like,” one scout asked rhetorically this week); his ball-handling skills still need work. Those who thought he was anywhere near an impact player in the NBA were wearing blinders, one scout said this week. It was guesswork then; it is guesswork now. Toronto Star

January 15, 2014 Updates

“The potential is off the charts, but that’s what it is right now,” said one. His tendency to coast through portions of games was a quiet criticism since his high school senior season (“what’s his motor really like,” one scout asked rhetorically this week); his ball-handling skills still need work. Those who thought he was anywhere near an impact player in the NBA were wearing blinders, one scout said this week. It was guesswork then; it is guesswork now. Toronto Star

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