2014 NBA Draft — Andrew Wiggins
POSITION: Small Forward
SCHOOL: Kansas Jayhawks
WEIGHT: 200 LBS
NBA PLAYER COMPARISON: Rudy Gay
When it comes to athleticism, Andrew Wiggins has the most in the entire 2014 NBA Draft Class. His lateral quickness and length also gives him great potential as a perimeter defender, along with versatility to guard both wing positions efficiently at the next level.
Wiggins is incredibly dangerous in transition because of his quick first step. Before his brief college campaign at the University of Kansas, he needed to make improvements on his jump shot. Throughout his freshman season, he improved his shooting mechanics significantly. In the 2013-14 season, Wiggins averaged 17.1 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game, which made him Second Team All-American.
For someone who spent a lot of his college season at the charity stripe, Wiggins still managed to shoot 77% from the free-throw line. With his incredible athleticism, he often gets offensive rebounds and keep possessions alive at a rate that very few others can do. Being challenged quite often defensively at Kansas, Wiggins was usually asked to guard the other teams leading scorer on the wing, and did very well.
Wiggins is one of the most unselfish players in this draft. He will look for teammates and is an evolving playmaker to go along with his unselfishness. Wiggins’ signature move is his spin move which has the potential to become a major weapon in the NBA. Another weapon he developed in his freshman season was a floater in the lane that, over time, could become a weapon in his game as well. When the defender is playing hard on-the-ball defense on Wiggins, he tends to do a step back jumper that seemingly seems tough to guard at times. To go along with all of his strengths in his game he also has that killer instinct that only guys like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant have, which can not be taught.
While there are so many scouts that are so high on Wiggins, there are also a select few that question his focus and passion for the game. All of the scouts and fans know how much potential he has, but if he doesn’t possess the mindset to maximize his potential none of that means anything.
During some tough times during the 2013-14 NCAA Basketball season, Wiggins would at times lose his focus and become turnover prone. Since, in the NBA, he will not be bringing the ball down the court as often, he could use some work on his moving without the ball. His ball-handling ability is unrefined overall but, much like the rest of his game, has a lot of upside. Since he has been receiving so much attention since the age of 13, that can take a toll on some athletes and hopefully that isn’t the case for Wiggins. The former Kansas-star projects to be an absolute star at the next level.