Andrew Wiggins becomes franchise’s fourth all-time scoring leader
Despite having a career-worst season, Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins became bumped his way up to fourth on the franchise’s all-time scoring leaders with his 20-point effort against the Portland Trail Blazers. Per NBA.com‘s Kyle Irving, “Wiggins now has 6,795 points, passing Wally Szczerbiak (6,777 points) on the Timberwolves’ points leaderboard and is on pace to pass Kevin Love (6,989 points) to take over third place this season as well.”
Wiggins also trails former power forwards Sam Mitchell (7,161 points) and Kevin Garnett (19,201 points) on Minnesota’s all-time leading scorers list.
For reference, Szczerbiak and Love spent six seasons with the Timberwolves, while Mitchell spent 10 seasons with the franchise and Garnett spent 14 seasons with Minnesota.
Averaging just 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game on 39.2 percent shooting from the field, 36.4 percent from three-point range and 71.0 percent from the free-throw line, Wiggins has earned the ire of Timberwolves fans who want to see him play more aggressively to reach his potential. Too often, Wiggins is invisible on the court, opting to float around on the perimeter rather than impose his will using his god-given athletic ability.
Nonetheless, his ability to soar up the Timberwolves’ all-time scorers list without having reached his potential is indicative of nothing less than elite talent, even if the potential has — or never will be — fully realized.
If Wiggins scores 1,000 more points this season, and he’s never scored fewer than 1,387 points in a season (he has 348 right now), he’ll be have a firm lead for second on the Wolves’ all-time scoring list.
*All stats gathered Basketball Reference