NBA Draft 2014 Player Profile: Andrew Wiggins
Mark Looks at the Top Prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft
NBA Draft: June 26, 2014
2013-14 Season: 17.1 PPG-5.9 RPG-1.5 APG
Strengths: One of the best athletes in the draft with superior speed and jumping ability with a very strong first step that makes it difficult to defend while making it tough for opposing offensive players to get by him. He has the ability to post up, drive to the basket and has an effective step back jumper. Great at the foul line at 77.5% which is a big part of his game because he goes to the line often. Solid rebounder and passer with the potential to get better in both areas. A match up problem offensively because of his natural attributes and his defensive awareness assured he was seldom out of position.
Weakness: On the thin side so more physical players could push him around. He is young and with youth comes a natural tendency to make mistakes although he plays 'older'. His height can hurt him at both ends of the floor because he sometimes is too erect which enables opponents to drive by him on defense and leads to turnovers on offense because of a high dribble. He can be one dimensional at the offensive end settling on the outside shot because he struggles to establish himself down low which is a function of needing more strength. Relies too much on his physical abilities instead of fundamentals at times and is extremely quiet.
Projection: The expectations heading in to his Freshman season were enormous and quite honestly unrealistic. However he ended up with the numbers that make him one of the more coveted players in the draft and is top five selection.