Andrew Wiggins Doesn't Feel Pressure Going To Minnesota

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Andrew Wiggins Doesn’t Feel Pressure Going To Minnesota

The no. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft was just traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a blockbuster deal. Andrew Wiggins is headed to a new situational atmosphere with new teammates, a new role, and new goals. 

He talked about his feelings of heading to Minnesota in an interview with Dime Magazine:

I think it’s a great situation whenever I think about it. It gives me more freedom. I’m sure surrounded by young guys that have the same intentions and determinations as me – to really win and get better every day.

I don’t really feel like it’s too much pressure right now. I’ve been through being the number one player in high school, in college, all that stuff. So, pressure to me has really died down; I don’t feel it as much as I used to.

It’s interesting to look at the difference in pressure levels for Wiggins had he remained a Cavalier. Playing alongside LeBron James in Cleveland would have been a spotlight in itself, but his role on the floor was bound to be somewhat reduced. His responsibilities would not have been as demanding as they are now, as the franchise player of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Without that particular spotlight and on a team that certainly isn’t expected to achieve, Wiggins’ development as the best player on a young NBA team might be much easier. 

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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