Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins’ hot start shouldn’t be a surprise

NBA Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
NBA Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Andrew Wiggins has a new haircut and a new mindset that can get him back to where he should be at this point in this career with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Entering this season, it was easy to conclude that Andrew Wiggins was a player who peaked way too early. The evidence was there. Ever since breaking into the NBA, he’s been, pretty much, a massive disappointment.

Roughly 10 games into this sixth season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wiggins looks to be proving all his naysayers wrong.

Through the first few weeks of the season, Wiggins is averaging 26 points, five rebounds, and three assists while shooting 47 percent from the field. He’s also fresh off a 40-point performance against the Golden State Warriors and a 33-point performance against the Detroit Pistons.

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Perhaps most importantly, he has helped the Wolves get off to a 6-4 start to the season.

While it’s hard to believe that Wiggins, at his size and with his athleticism, can’t average more than five rebounds per game, it shouldn’t take away from the narrative of how well he’s playing right now.

Despite the disappointing start to his career, this recent turnaround shouldn’t be surprising to anyone. No one should be shocked that this is happening. Andrew Wiggins is extremely talented. And this is what many expected to see from him at this point in his career. In fact, many expected to see more out of Wiggins at this point in his career, considering he was averaging around these same scoring numbers three years into his career.

How is it different this time, though? Well, that mostly has to do with the fact his production is translating to wins. With the exception of one game this year, Wiggins has had a positive plus-minus in the other five wins for the Timberwolves this year. He’s also more efficient. While 47.3 field goal percentage is close to what he’s done in the past, his two-point shooting percentage is the highest of his career at 53.5 percent. And over the past five games, he’s shooting 40.5 percent from 3 on seven attempts per contest.

Does Wiggins still have bad games? Yes, and he will from time to time. Is he better than what many expected from him this season? Yes, he’s been through 10 games. Wiggins has always had the talent to be great. Hopefully, he keeps this up for the rest of the season because he’s really fun to watch when he’s motivated.

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If this is a sign for things to come, then expect Andrew Wiggins to be somewhat back on track toward his promising career, and maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves can be back to the young promising team we all thought they would be.