Andrew Wiggins Maturing
Wiggins is starting to blossom. Before his draft I said he would take a while to develop a and compared him to Derozan or George in terms of development. I didn't think he would do it this early in the year but he is starting to play at a superstar level and his skillet is really the closest thing to Kobe I've seen. The defence is improving and the jumpshot is becoming more consistent. Once he becomes a better playmaker which is inevitable he will be one of the top scorers in this league. I could see him averaging 30ppg a few seasons his blend of unreal athleticism and a silky smooth touch us deadly.
I agree that he has looked great these last couple games and had a solid, yet inconsistent, season over all. However I think Kobe is a little bit of a reach. By no means do I think he has the killer instinct Kobe had. The biggest disapointment for me is that the guy doesnt seem to have worked on his body much since entering the league. He came in listed at 6'8" 199lbs and that is still his listing. I thought he would be around 220 by this point and more physically imposing at the SF position.
He's definitely on a tear right now which is nice to see. The best thing I think is that his defense is starting to pick up. There's no reason he can't be a good defender and if he's going to be considered a "star" he has to get to the point where he can guard people.
Still don't love his shot selection as I think he settles for long jumpers too often but he's been pretty efficient lately.
I also still don't understand why he doesn't grab a few more rebounds...part of it is probably that there aren't a lot of rebounds out there because they Wolves give up so many points but there's no reason he can't average 5 RPG.
He's picked his game up since the Lavine injury undoubtedly and that seems to fall in line with what we know about Wiggins: He has a tendency to coast, so you have to keep him engaged. Hope that he can play like this (not 40 points every night of course) even after they've built up the roster a little more.
He's definitely an explosive scorer, but one of the main positives about him coming into the league was that he'd be a lockdown defender. He's an average defender at best in my opinion.
I just expected him to be a better all-around/two way player considering his athletic gifts.
His defense hasn't been good to this point. It's actually regressed. I don't know what the metrics say about his rookie year but on eye test, I thought he was a decent defender as a rookie - might be because nobody else played any defense that year and I think Rubio missed a lot of time - but it's gone down since.
It's picked up here in the last few weeks so that's encouraging. But I really thought Wiggins could be like the next Paul George here in Minny as a rock star 2-way guy. Not there...still think he can get there but not there yet.