With the 2014 NBA Draft fast-approaching, questions are being raised as to whether or not Andrew Wiggins is the real-deal. Tipped by many to go number one, Wiggins is one of the top prospects in what is seen as the best draft class since the class of 2003.
Entering college, Andrew Wiggins was rated as the number one player in the country, leading to expectations for his performance at Kansas becoming extremely high. Although he averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, Wiggins, along with his fellow draft-prospect Joel Embiid, failed to lead Kansas to challenge for the national championship, something that he said was his main goal for his freshman season at Kansas.
Wiggins has a tremendous upside standing at 6”8 with a 7”0 wingspan, making him an exceptional athlete and proficient scorer. He brings a team an athletic ability that translates straight to the NBA and a scoring ability that, although was sometimes inconsistent at Kansas, can be worked on and developed to make him a huge contributor on the offensive end for any NBA team. His talent and potential is seen as too good to pass upon. Wiggins may not be as NBA ready as Duke’s Jabari Parker, but he has the potential to be a franchise player and a future all-star.
The comparisons to Lebron James and Kevin Durant have played a huge factor in the hype that has been created around Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is not at the level that Lebron was at when he entered the NBA, but has the talent to translate into a great player at the next level. Comparing Wiggins and Lebron is pointless as, although they both thrive at the small-forward position, they have completely different playing styles, not to mention that Wiggins hasn't even entered the NBA yet so has a long way to go in order to be as successful as Lebron James.
No matter what team picks up Andrew Wiggins in the up-coming NBA draft will gain a tremendous player with heaps of ability who, with hard-work, can potentially develop into a future star in the NBA.
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