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New Andrew Wiggins Player Comparison

When watching Andrew Wiggins play, I've noticed that although his potential is obviously a lot higher, he shares a lot of strengths and weaknesses with Jeff Green.

Here are some reasons why I say this:

•Both are tall and have good wingspans for small forwards
•Each has a huge vertical leap
•Both are incredibly quick and adept at getting to the rim and finishing (This being their greatest "plus" skill)
•Both have tremendous defensive potential, but don't quite have the necessary strength
•Both are above average shooters, but not elite
•Both struggle with aggressiveness and motor at times, neither is really seen as having a "killer instinct". Fanbases and coaches alike lament how dominating each could be if they were able to put forth continuous high level effort.

Now even as a Celtics fan I understand Jeff Green is no Wiggins. Wiggins vertical leap and second jump ability are freakish and entirely unique, and he is still in the embryonic stage of his development. However, if we want a prototype for how Wiggins might play in the league, I think Jeff Green provides a pretty good model.

What do you think?


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Don't really like it. I'd

Don't really like it.

I'd take Wiggins over Green, right now.

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Feedback

Appreciate the feedback, this is my first post. I definitely agree that wiggins will be a much better player in the long run and definitely has much more athleticism. The point about Green looking more athletic when he dunks is right on, I can see that now. I think the strongest similarity is in their ability elevate when finishing and slide either by or over defenders. Just out of curiosity, since these comparisons were raised and I am younger, what were Dr J and T-Mac like as defenders? How do they compare to Wiggins on that end of the floor?

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Welcome to the site! I'm not

Welcome to the site!

I'm not old enough to tell you anything about Erving but what I've heard, but ABA Irving was like Lebron meets Kirilenko. His athleticism, length, timing, and huge hands let him wreak havoc off and on the ball. NBA Dr. J was more limited to off the ball, given the higher level of skill and athleticism in the NBA, and Erving's lessened quickness.\

McGrady in Toronto is who I would compare Wiggins to right now. Freak athlete who can affect the game with just his athleticism. Will get blocks and steals from explosion alone. Plus his frame, agility, body control and skillset suggest a ton of improvement in his future. As baseball scouts would say, has a very "projectable" game. There are very few games he will play for the majority of the career (barring injury) where he wont be the most athletic player on the court.

All that being said, Wiggins is Wiggins, and could develop in a ton of different ways.

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T-Mac when he was drafted

T-Mac when he was drafted looked to be behind where Wiggins is now but I'd take a 3rd year T-Mac in Toronto as a good comparison of what me may expect in Wiggins's debut NBA season. I also like the Human Highlight Reel Wilkins comparisons actually.

Personally I was never keen on the Scottie Pippen one, maybe it was because Scottie was perhaps one of the greatest running mates ever to MJ and we never saw what he was like as a true focal point of a franchise at his peak.

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Jeff Green is much worse of

Jeff Green is much worse of an athletic specimen than Wiggins though, he's kind of slow for a SF and he doesn't use his jumping ability much (he has had some great dunks but apart from them he actually seems unathletic when he plays).
I think he doesn't actually lack any strength for a SF, he's around 235, which is absolutely adequate, it's his lack of speed, bad defensive instincts and somewhat of a lack of trying that make him an average to below-average defender.

I haven't seen much of Wiggins, but physically he seems nothing like Green, he's about 6'7 200, while Green is 6'9 and 235+.

I'm also not sure about Andrew's motor, to me it seems that issue has been blown out of proportion, what has he really done to deserve that? He's been dominating in every event that was even relatively important. Green, on the other hand, constantly just dissapears in games.

I hate bashing anyone's comparison, because I myself can't make a better one. I think it's great that you are thinking "out of the box".

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Horrible comparison! Worst

Horrible comparison! Worst then this site comparing him to Pippen..He can create his own shot, pull up hit a jumper and he is way athletic then Jeff Green. Ya'll need to stop it..

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Andrew Wiggins

He reminds me Len Bias

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It's because most fans are

It's because most fans are too young to see that Wiggins is most comparable to Julius Irving. Just watch some old tapes man.

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With his spin moves I can all

With his spin moves I can all see a bit of Dominique Wilkins in him.

Can also see a bit of Dr J in him also....

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The spin move, or a drop step

The spin move, or a drop step for big men, is the most effective move in basketball in my opinion. If done right, the defender is completely behind you and you're right in front of the basket. If Wiggins can do that move at higher levels, prepare to see some in game dunks reminiscent of VC.

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When I saw this thread I

When I saw this thread I thought of Dominique. Don't think Wiggins is the passer that T Mac was. Think Wiggins will score and rebound though. He's a freak athlete just like Nique and can see that comparison easily.

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Man I think you are spot on

Man I think you are spot on with that Wilkins observation. Come to think of it, i actually see a lot of Nique in Andrew. Spin moves, the way they quickly elevate for their jumpshot, their athleticsm and elevation of off two feet, there are quite a lot of similarities. I honestly think wilkins is the best comparison for wiggins, rather than pippen or rudy gay.

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YES! I've said the exact same

YES! I've said the exact same thing. He's a smooth athlete who does most of his scoring attacking the basket. Erving probably had more power than Wiggins. Dr. J was notorious for absorbing contact and beating up on smaller defenders. But Wiggins is the more complete athlete.

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I can't see it. They are

I can't see it. They are just so different physically. Jeff Green is very strong for a wing and is a powerful dunker, but he lacks quickness. If Green played football, they would say he has tight hips. Wiggins has superior quickness and fluidity of movement and looks like he should easily be a better ball handler. Wiggins also looks like he should become a better shooter off the dribble than Green, who is a little mechanical in his shooting motion.

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Wiggins

Wiggins is more athletic ... Jeff Green when i watch him i don't see as much bounce when he dunks as when i see Wiggins dunk

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From what I have heard about

From what I have heard about Wiggins and from the limited highlights I have seen of him, then a comparison to T-Mac seems about right. T-Mac is a great guy to be compared too since he was one of the best wing scorers in NBA history. Just behind MJ, and maybe Kobe but right there with Kevin Durant and maybe George Gervin.

T-Mac and Wiggins are both freak athletes, great dunkers, and good passers.

That would be a heck of a lot of upside if Wiggins is indeed the next Tracy McGrady.

Wiggins probably won't be the next Jordan, or a guy with Pippen's defense, or a pure shooter like Durant, but he still has some great upside. T Mac is an all-timer in terms of being a pure scorer. The difference though between T Mac and some of those other guys like Jordan, Kobe, or Durant (or a guy like LeBron) is that T Mac could never carry the league. Dr. J, one comparison for Wiggins, DID carry the league. He ACTUALLY carried TWO leagues. First, the ABA, then the NBA after he forced the merger. Dr. J might have even saved pro basketball. Kept the league on life support/relevant until Magic and Bird showed up. So... might not be a question of pure talent, we know Wiggins has talent and potential but is he a guy you can build the league around, like a LeBron, Durant, Kobe, or Rose? If he's that special then I totally get the Dr. J comparison which was one of my original comparisons. If not, he might just be just a very, very good player like T Mac (Vince Carter too?) who is a great player but not a First Ballot kind of guy.

There have only been a few dozen guys (at most) who have been able to carry the league. I think its putting too much pressure on Wiggins to have to be the next 'guy'. He might be that guy, or he might not be. But, he is one heck of a player.

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Wiggins is like a mix of

Wiggins is like a mix of these three players: Clyde Drexler, Paul George, T-Mac. Right now hes more a Maurice Harkless/Paul George hybrid. Andrew is still pretty raw as a player, compared to where he will be a year from now. Wayne Seldon is better prepared for the NBA, Andrew will take a little more time to adjust to the speed of the game, but should become the better NBA palyer in the end.

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Wiggins is like a mix of

Wiggins is like a mix of these three players: Clyde Drexler, Paul George, T-Mac. Right now hes more a Maurice Harkless/Paul George hybrid. Andrew is still pretty raw as a player, compared to where he will be a year from now. Wayne Seldon is better prepared for the NBA, Andrew will take a little more time to adjust to the speed of the game, but should become the better NBA palyer in the end.

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