I see some D-Wade in his game. Big time vertical athlete, quick first step, quick off the floor, good rebounder for a 2, pretty creative off the bounce, getting stronger, jump shot is also coming along, his dribble is probably his weakest skill but its coming along. Excited to see where he will be heading to college for his one-and-done year, hope him and Jabari both end up in the ACC, would be awesome to see them go head-to-head.
I see this is your first post 3agles. Welcome to the chat forum. Ironically my first post was about Wiggins also :)
I have to say, not a fan of the D-Wade comparison tho. Wiggins is a small forward all day, not a 2-guard. The most common comparisons you'll hear are Scottie Pippen & Rudy Gay. He's a consistent jump shot away from being a truly elite player at the next level. The hype surrounding a lot of players coming out of HS isn't justified....Wiggins on the other hand...he might not be hyped enough.
Barnes can be the guy everyone thought he'd be in the NBA, if he just unleashes his inner self and starts being aggresive. His problem at the moment is that he is TOO unselfish.
On topic, Wiggins will be far better than Gay when it's all said and done, if only for his defensive prowess.
But I don't see Wiggins as a SmallForward, he could play SF because of his size and athleticism but its much easier for me to see him matching up against D-Wade, Kobe, Eric Gordon and the like over Durant, Lebron and Melo at least until he fills out a little.
I see a lot of Tracy McGrady in this kid. Same lanky bodies, same out of the world athleticism, but we all knew about Wiggins, unlike McGrady who burst onto the scene coming out of high school. He has a jumpshot in progress and can handle the ball at 6'7/6'8 like McGrady. The Pippen comparisons are lofty to me right now just because Pippen did so much offensively and defensively. Not saying Wiggins can't and won't be the facilitator and defensive terrorist Pippen was but it's hard to say right now. I think McGrady is accurate as far as athleticism and ability to make game changing plays. What I think seperates Wiggins is that he likes to compete, something McGrady was always questioned about.
Sorry to say, but some of you guys are not using COMMON SENSE. When the comparison is being made, its not saying that Wiggins is as good as Scottie, Rudy, or Tmac in their Prime. But if you saw a young Scottie, Rudy, or Tmac, then Wiggins greatly resembles them all. Scottie Was not always a great scorer that came in time, Tmac wasnt always a guy that could get 30, that came in time. The comparison is that he could get to that level that they reached at some point, not that he is there right now.
I think Wiggins is a 2-Guard. I don't see him being geared to turn into a player who is a facilitator of an offense like Pippen was with Chicago, Portland and Houston. Wiggins is a good fit to be a SG in the NBA, he has good scoring instincts and more of a scorer's mentality. He and Pippen have plenty of similiarities but to compare Wiggins to Pippen is just inaccurate. He's going to be a scorer and pushed to score right away at whatever college he goes to.
At this point, and it's early mind you, I don't see the handles required to play the two in the NBA yet, and he's still.
wiggins could play SF or SG. hes probably better at SF considering hes not done growing yet and will probably be 225 at some point in the next couple years and his wingspan will be better. but he does have the speed, quickness and athletism to be a SG, i just think he will be a better play at SF.
How about an old school comparison for Wiggins that I haven't heard. Dominique Wilkins...The Human Highlight film averaged 25 and 7 boards for his career...if Wiggins reaches his potential these are the type of numbers I expect from him in the NBA.