Just the other day, my buddy Ryan Cowan and I were talking about the possibility of rookies Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker having a breakout performance, giving fans a glimpse into what many assume to be a bright basketball future for the two young men. Ryan and I discussed how surreal it was to see Brandon Jennings score 55 points on the Golden State Warriors as a rookie in 2009, and how we longed for a player from this past years draft class to put on a performance that would make us say “wow, this guy has got it.”
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins stepped up to the plate on Saturday night, and hit an impressive home run that has momentarily secured his spot as the leader of the Rookie of the Year derby.
Wiggins, in what was arguably his best game as a pro, scored 29 points (9-22 FG,) and also had 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists and 1 block in a 113-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. Take a look at Wiggins’ stellar performance below:
Before we jump back into this post, please go grab a paper towel and mop up that puddle of drool next to you. Although he wasn’t as efficient as most would have like, Wiggins showed fans some very encouraging things. His ten free-throw attempts stick out to me, as some people claim he struggles with complacency at times. Getting to the charity stripe ten times is a sign of aggression and a player who isn’t afraid to attack the defense.
Wiggins is currently averaging 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for Minnesota, who is 3-9 on the season. Wiggins will square off against the Milwaukee Bucks and rookie Jabari Parker in the Timberwolves next game on Wednesday.