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.