Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor vows not to "give up" on Andrew Wiggins

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Andrew Wiggins took a lot of criticism last season after he failed to live up to his huge contract. 

Following a career year in the 2016-17 season, the 23-year-old was rewarded with a five-year, $148 million contract extension last summer. 

But his production dipped last season and T-Wolves fans were not happy with his level of performances. 

Huge drop-off

He went from averaging 23.6 points per game two years ago to 17.7 in the recent campaign while shooting 43. 8 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from beyond the arc. 

This led to the Canadian being the subject of some trade rumours this offseason but Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has insisted they won't be giving up on the youngster that easily. 

"I just think you want to take a person and not give up on them when they're that young, no matter what. I just think you have to be really careful not to give up on him," Taylor said in an interview with ESPN 1500.

"You can look at a lot of players, and it took them three or four years to get better, and they keep getting better from the experience and the confidence.

"I don't see why Andrew won't be one of those people because he has such natural ability."

The addition of Jimmy Butler clearly had an effect on Wiggins as he struggled to share the load. 

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In the previous campaign, he was one of the team's main offensive options and thrived in that role. 

His offence became an issue but it was his lack of effort on the defensive end that was really telling. 

A recent report stated that Butler was frustrated with the way the small forward approached games.

When Taylor chose to give Wiggins the big contract, he said he expected him to improve and continue to get better but he regressed instead.

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He admits the 2014 number one overall pick didn't meet his expectations last season but he still remains confident in his ability. 

"I had expectations of him to be much better this year, I think the adjustment with Jimmy coming in has taken a little time, but certainly someone of his calibre can make those adjustments and play better," Taylor said.

"I know that's Andrew's goal too, so we'll see what he does this summer."

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The 2015 Rookie of the Year already acknowledged that he wasn't at his best and will strive to win back the trust of the Minnesota fans. 

The talent is clearly there but he'll need to start producing his best basketball to justify the team's huge outlay on him. 

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