Andrew Wiggins

Canadian Wing Andrew WigginsCollege: Kansas

Birthday: 02/23/1995

NBA Position: SF

Class: Freshman

Ht: 6’8″

Wt: 200

WSPN: 7’0″

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

High School: Huntington Prep

 SELECTED NO. 1 OVERALL BY THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

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Ceiling: Paul George

Basement: DeMarr DeRozan

NBA Comparison: Kawhi Leonard

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Strengths:

  • Elite Athlete
  • Quickness, Speed
  • Elite Length
  • Explosive Leaper
  • Finishes in Traffic
  • Good Shooter off the Bounce
  • Elite Defender
  • Defensive Awareness

 

Weaknesses:

  • Strength
  • Aggressiveness
  • Ball-Handling
  • Inconsistent Shooter

 

Analysis:

02/17/2014

Athleticism: There is not a better, smoother athlete in this class or any class recently than Wiggins. He has the rare ability to play at three-quarter speed and still be the best athlete on the floor. He can jump out of the gym and get to the rim from half-court on 2-3 dribbles. With a seven plus foot wingspan, good size, and those athletic intangibles Wiggins is in a class of his own as an athlete.

NBA Role: Elite perimeter defender and transition scorer. Wiggins has not tapped into his offensive potential just yet showing he can make jump shots, but is inconsistent from the perimeter at this stage. What Wiggins hangs his hat on is elite athleticism and tremendous upside as a perimeter defender, which he does at a higher level than his peers.

Overall Analysis: On an athletic level there are few prospects that have the tools that Wiggins possesses. He has a great wingspan and quickness, which allows him to defend well on and off the ball. Wiggins has shown great instincts on the defensive end making plays in passing lanes and disrupting ball-handlers out to half court. With his length and long strides he is able to cover more ground on the defensive end closing out on shooters and scorers. One example of this came in a game against Baylor where Brady Heslip leaked out to the corner on a fastbreak for a wide open three point shot. Wiggins in one movement turned from the perimeter, made one stride, and used his length to prevent Heslip from shooting the ball. Nearly any other defender in that position and Heslip has a wide open three point shot. Numerous times this season Wiggins has taken away the opponents top scorer forcing them into poor shots and taking away shots in general with his defensive abilities. The defensive qualities can be overlooked because of the passive nature Wiggins has shown on the offensive end, which is more a form of the function of the Kansas offensive system. On the offensive end Wiggins has good shooting mechanics, fluid motion, high release, and little wasted motion. At this stage in his development Wiggins is not a consistent shooter, but has shown proficiency in catch-and-shoot situations. Right now his offensive awareness is low with his decision-making with the ball and assertiveness when he has had the opportunity. Wiggins handle is not tight enough to get around the first layer of the defense right now despite his elite first step and quickness advantage. While he does not force poor shots and plays within the offense showing the ability to take over a game as the best athlete on the floor is something Wiggins will need to improve upon. In transition Wiggins is an elite finisher and he looks for contact getting to the line at a high rate. It takes maybe 2-3 strides from half-court for Wiggins to get to the rim with his length, speed, athleticism. In space Wiggins is a much better scorer cutting through the defense, but he does not make aggressive plays consistently. While Wiggins may not be a great offensive player at this stage he has the potential to be one of the better perimeter defenders at the next level. Throughout his career Wiggins has been the type of player that elevates his game to the competition like he did in high school outplaying Shabazz Muhammad and shutting down nearly every top scorer he has faced at the college level. A high ceiling of Paul George because of the defensive abilities and a high basement of DeMar DeRozan with his potential on both ends.

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