Ryan Saunders expects Andrew Wiggins to enter season with a ‘chip on his shoulder’
Minnesota Timberwolves wing Andrew Wiggins has not exactly lived up to expectations, and his 2018-19 campaign may have been the worst season of his career yet.
But Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders says that he thinks Wiggins will be determined to prove all of his doubters wrong next season:
“That’s going to be an ongoing thing that people talk about but I’ll say this: Andrew’s dedication this summer has been better than I’ve ever seen just in terms of his approach, his workouts. He spent a lot of time in MN,” said Saunders, according to John Meyer of Canis Hoopus. “[Wiggins’] level of dedication has really been a positive. So with that, we expect him to approach this season with a chip on his shoulder to prove whatever people say about him wrong. I have a lot of confidence in Andrew … We’ve had great dialogue with it all.”
Wiggins played in 73 games this past year, averaging 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal over 34.8 minutes per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the floor, 33.9 percent from three-point range and 69.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas, was originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Timberwolves in a deal that sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers later that summer.
Wiggins owns career averages of 19.4 points, 4.3 boards, 2.2 assists and one steal across 36 minutes a night while making 44 percent of his field-goal attempts, 33.2 percent of his long-distance tries and 73.5 percent of his foul shots.