Since signing a five-year, $148 million contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves before the start of the season, Andrew Wiggins has largely struggled to live up to that huge deal so far this year.
The 22-year-old has had a frustrating and inconsistent campaign and it has led to many people questioning the franchise's decision to reward him with such a lucrative contract.
But despite his struggles, the confidence in the youngster within the Timberwolves has not wavered one bit.
The front office, his coaching staff, and teammates all believe in the talent he possesses and are certain that he'll fulfill his potential.
The addition of Jimmy Butler in the summer has seen Wiggins take a back seat to the All-Star and he's found it difficult adjusting to a new role alongside him.
Butler has been performing like an MVP over the past month and has taken over as the leader of the team and the go-to guy.
The former Chicago Bulls guard is regarded as their best player but this isn't something he agrees with.
In an interview with the Star Tribune, he was asked who he believed was the most talented player on the T-Wolves roster and he surprisingly didn't choose himself.
“Who, me? Hell no, Wigs is. Wigs is the most talented by far. I see him do things and I’m like wow, like how?" he said.
"The crazy part is that was at 40 percent. Just think if you’re 80 percent or what if you just go as hard as you can, 100? Wigs is easily the most talented person on this team.”
The fact that the team is enjoying a winning record since he was acquired from the Bulls is no coincidence and shows just how good he is.
The obvious and correct answer would have been to say himself but clearly, Butler sees things in practice from Wiggins that he believes he's not capable of from a talent perspective.
To put it into context, Minnesota was 31-51 last season with Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Zach LaVine. They're now third in the west at 31-18.
But what the All-NBA man brings is toughness, leadership and a competitive mentality that he always aims to transmit to the rest of his teammates.
He not only leads by example, but he looks to bring the best out of everybody else on his team too.
“Playing with me, you’ve got no choice because I’m going to get on your nerves every single day until you do what I know you can do, what I expect of you, what we expect of you. Then it’s going to make winning a lot easier,” he said.
Wiggins went some way to proving Butler right as he poured in 40 points on the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night in a 126-118 win.
The Timberwolves know that if they can get the Canadian small forward to play at a high level, it would elevate them and offer a chance to compete with the top two teams in the west.
They will be a scary proposition if he finds consistency and clicks alongside Butler and Towns for the remainder of the season and the playoffs.