HoopsHype Andrew Wiggins rumors

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

January 13, 2014 Updates

This just in: Wiggins is slipping out of contention for No. 1-2. The NBA guys I talk to say that will be Parker and Kansas seven-footer Joel Embiid. At No. 3, Wiggins has yet to separate himself from Kentucky power forward Julius Randle, Australian point guard Dante Exum and, depending on whom you talk to, Arizona forward Aaron Gordon. So Wiggins, whose fame in high school far exceeded Kevin Durant’s at Montrose Christian (it’s in Rockville, Md., if you haven’t heard of it) could miss the top two… or three… or more? “There’s zero chance of any team taking anybody before Jabari Parker,” says an Eastern Conference personnel guy. “And there’s zero chance of any team taking Wiggins before Joel Embiid.” Forbes.com

The entire Class of 2014 has issues with its freshmen under their first real scrutiny from scouts, barred by the NBA from their high school games. Forget LeBron James and Durant, who are beyond anyone on the horizon. No one in this class is as highly regarded as No. 1 picks Anthony Davis (2012), Kyrie Irving (2011), John Wall (2010), Blake Griffin (2009) or Derrick Rose (2008). To get right to it, as a Western Conference personnel guy put it: “If you called up the Pelicans, the Cavs or any of those teams and offered this year’s No. 1 pick for their guy, they’d fall over laughing.” As James was called the first superstar of the Twitter age, Wiggins is the first basketball phenom of the Youtube era. The most watched videos that come up on the site aren’t from his Kansas games, but prep and summer highlight reels. “Andrew Wiggins OFFICIAL Senior Year Hoopmixtape!” got more than 4,000,000 hits. A 2012 video titled, “Andrew Wiggins has SUPERSTAR Potential!!” got 1,700,000. A video of Andrews in Kansas’ Nov. 12 showdown with Duke, which Parker dominated, got 107,000. Forbes.com

Deep as this draft class is, its star quotient is another question. Setting aside comparisons to LeBron James and Durant, who are beyond anyone on the horizon, no one in this class is as highly regarded as No. 1 picks Anthony Davis (2012), Kyrie Irving (2011), John Wall (2010), Blake Griffin (2009) or Derrick Rose (2008). “If you called the Pelicans, the Cavs or any of those teams and offered this year’s first pick for their guy, they’d fall over laughing,” says a Western Conference personnel guy. Forbes.com

January 9, 2014 Updates

The Knicks forfeited this pick years ago to Denver as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade. Now it will come back to bite them. The Nuggets have needs at several positions, but sources say it would likely come down to Parker and Wiggins. Give Wiggins the slight edge here. The Nuggets want a long, athletic wing to pair in the backcourt with Ty Lawson and think Wiggins might be the perfect compliment. ESPN.com

January 8, 2014 Updates

Q: Between Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins who would be the better fit to play with Michael Carter Williams and Nerlens next year in Philly? Chad Ford: Both would be good fits, though I hear Sixers lean toward Wiggins' upside. ESPN.com

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The relative progress the team has made in the first month of the season had Sullinger once again sounding defiant against those who argue for the long-term benefits of losing as many games as possible for the best chance at a high lottery pick. "A lot of guys expect us to tank for (Duke’s) Jabari Parker or (Kansas’) Andrew Wiggins," he said. "You might as well throw that out the door. I don’t know why people are talking about them. We’ve got competitors around here. We just want to win." MetroWest Daily News

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While those numbers aren't as strong as those of Randle and Parker, there's more to it than meets the eye. Wiggins is playing a very controlled game on offense. He's scoring within the flow of the game and isn't trying to dominate the basketball. While Randle and Parker are clearly options 1, 2 and 3 offensively for Kentucky and Duke, respectively, Kansas coach Bill Self isn't running every play for Wiggins. In addition, Wiggins already has proved to be an athletic, lockdown defender who can guard multiple positions on the floor. Frankly, it's that part of his game that is tipping the scale toward Wiggins for many scouts. "I think he can be a player that plays a lot like Paul George does," one veteran NBA executive told ESPN.com. "He's so smooth that at times it almost looks like he's coasting. But when you watch closer, you just see the game comes so easy to him. With his length and explosiveness, he's going to be able to do whatever he wants once he gets it. And from everything we can gather in looking into his background, he's going to get it. I'm not sure how we could pass on him if we had the No. 1 pick. The other guys might be more ready right now, but in three years, I think he's the best player in this class." ESPN.com

November 19, 2013 Updates

"I think Wiggins can be a player that plays a lot like Paul George does," one veteran NBA executive told ESPN.com. "He's so smooth that at times it almost looks like he's coasting. But when you watch closer, you just see the game comes so easy to him. With his length and explosiveness, he's going to be able to do whatever he wants once he gets it. And from everything we can gather in looking into his background, he's going to get it. I'm not sure how we could pass on him if we had the No. 1 pick. The other guys might be more ready right now, but in three years, I think he's the best player in this class." ESPN.com

Most talent evaluators describe Wiggins as one of the most athletic players they’ve ever seen, which separates him from the rest of the pack. The belief is that Wiggins can improve his jump shot and fundamentals as he continues to develop, but that you can’t teach once-in-a-generation athleticism like Wiggins’ possesses. He’s incredibly explosive and quick, which is why he has so much success when he gets out in transition. One scout pointed out that it would be very difficult for a team to pass on Wiggins at No. 1 overall given that he can dominate a game on both ends of the floor (he’s a terrific defender) and has more upside than just about any prospect since Kevin Durant entered the league back in 2007. HoopsWorld

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