Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins becomes 11th youngest player in NBA history to score 8,000 points
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins has been scoring in bunches since he started his career.
Now, while he has been criticized as he has appeared to regress in each of his last three or four seasons, the 24-year-old seems to be on the upswing this 2019-20 season.
Moreover, Wiggins hit a scoring threshold rather quickly.
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Wiggins achieved that threshold in Monday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
A total of 8,000 points is no small feat for any player, but it’s his play this season that should have Timberwolves fans feeling a tad more optimistic about the future of the team.
According to Basketball Reference, not only is Wiggins producing career-highs in raw box-score production numbers such as points per game (24.5), assists per game (3.1) and blocks per game (1.1), he is also looking far better in more advanced statistics as well.
So far in the 2019-20 season, Wiggins is putting forth career-highs in player efficiency rating (19.6), assist rate (15.9 percent), block rate (2.6 percent), offensive box plus/minus (1.9) and overall box plus/minus (0.2). Wiggins is also already ahead of where he was last year in win shares, which is rather surprising considering he has only played 314 minutes compared to his 2,543 minutes last year.
The passing numbers for Wiggins are perhaps the most promising, as that was one of the major areas of concern for the spindly wing from years past.