Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders says Andrew Wiggins is poised for a ‘breakout year’
Despite the Minnesota Timberwolves seemingly losing hope (and patience) on Andrew Wiggins, head coach Ryan Saunders is not yet ready to give up on the former top overall pick.
The Timberwolves reportedly tried to trade Wiggins and his horrendous contract this offseason, as they see him more of a liability. While Wiggins has posted incredible numbers, he simply isn’t effective and impactful for a Minnesota team looking to become consistent playoff contenders.
However, Saunders sees big things ahead for the 24-year-old star and claimed that Wiggins is poised for a “breakout year” in the upcoming 2019-20 campaign.
“We look forward to him having a breakout year. He’s already in the gym and we feel confident about Andrew [Wiggins] in that sense,” Saunders said in an interview on NBA TV during the Las Vegas Summer League.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 10, 2019
Wiggins posted solid numbers for the Timberwolves in 2018-19, averaging 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game, all while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from the 3-point line. However, Minnesota finished with a measly 36-46 record — 11th in the Western Conference standings.
The Timberwolves have an intriguing young core headlined by the brilliant Karl-Anthony Towns, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop and rookie Jarrett Culver. It remains to be seen if Wiggins is still part of the team’s future, but it sure looks like that Ryan Saunders wants to give him a chance to prove himself.