Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins was absolutely awful vs. Nets, until he finally wasn’t
If you’re a Minnesota Timberwolves fan or just someone who loves to follow the team, you probably might have heard of Andrew Wiggins’ recent comment saying there aren’t 100 players in the league better than him.
If you watched how awful he was in the first four quarters of the Wolves’ season opener against the Brooklyn Nets, you might be wondering if he was truly serious. Wiggins finished the game with 21 points on 10-of-27 shooting and was an atrocious minus-26. He even missed the potential game-winner in regulation and didn’t record a single assist, steal, or block.
However, Wiggins finally redeemed himself in overtime, scoring the Wolves’ last four points by taking high percentage shots to help earn a 127-126 victory.
After the game, Wiggins said that his mentality during overtime was to drive to the basket and score, per Chris Hines of the Star Tribune:
“The only way I was going to take a jumper down the stretch was if they leave me completely wide open, I’m going to shoot it. But my main focus was getting to the rim. I feel like I had success doing that throughout the game so I just stayed with it.”
Wiggins’ heroics spoiled Kyrie Irving’s 50-point debut for Brooklyn. Moreover, he was able to give the Timberwolves a good start in what is going to be a very challenging season. In his first five years in the league, the former first overall pick hasn’t proven that he’s capable of being an All-Star, and if he continues to play inconsistently this season, Minnesota will have another trying campaign.
Even though the Wolves won, Wiggins still needs to improve on both ends of the floor in order for this season to be a success.