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January 15, 2015 Updates

Gasol and Durant are test cases. The real target will not rise into view for more than six years – Andrew Wiggins. We haven’t heard a whole lot about the Vaughan, Ont., product lately. He plays on the worst team in the league (not counting the Knicks, who are no longer functionally an NBA team). Wiggins’ embarrassing ouster from Cleveland has turned out to be the blessing many guessed it would be. He was a thin presence in the early going, overawed by the pace and size of his peers. Over the last 10 games, something’s clicked. Wiggins is averaging 21 points per in that stretch, and playing smarter defence. He still doesn’t have a jump shot, but that can be taught. Toronto Globe & Mail

That’s a long time from now, but a great deal of what the Raptors are building is being constructed with Wiggins in mind. First off, there’s the team’s $30-million standalone practice facility on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. It’s a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses thing – few NBA teams still practice at their arena, as the Raptors do. Toronto Globe & Mail

January 6, 2015 Updates

The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December. This is the second consecutive month Wiggins has earned the honor, becoming the first Timberwolves player to win the award multiple times in the same season. Wiggins led all Western Conference rookies in scoring (14.6 ppg) and minutes played (33.9) during December, while ranking 2nd in blocks (0.6 bpg), 3rd in rebounding (4.1 rpg) and 4th in steals (0.87 spg). He tallied 20+ points five times during the month, and was the Wolves top scorer on four occasions. Wiggins finished the month averaging 20.0 points on 50.8% shooting during the team's month-closing four-game road trip. NBA.com

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On the night he passed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, Kobe Bryant paid the greatest possible compliment to a player he believes has the talent to one day be great. “It’s like looking at a reflection of myself 19 years ago,” Bryant said of Wiggins. Wiggins was admittedly stunned to hear those words coming from Bryant. “When I heard it I was motivated, instantly,” he said. “Motivation to my ears. Forces me to grind harder. Approach the game differently. That’s a legend. I witnessed a legendary moment. A legend told me I was a reflection to him, that’s just big words for me.” Washington Post

“I want to see continued bounce off good performances,” Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders said. “He listens. Sometimes, he’s almost too coachable, too nice. He wants to do the right thing. He’s got to continue to get better.” Washington Post

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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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