When Kevin Love was in his third season, I said he was going to be an All-Star. Love has gotten better every single season during his six-year career. But people in Minnesota have grown tired of his antics and him reportedly saying “I don’t want to be here”. My breaking point was four months ago.
I’m not here to bash Love, though. As much as I don’t want him here, I want Andrew Wiggins here the same, or even more. At this point, there is nothing more I’d like to see than Ricky Rubio, Zach Lavine, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Nikola Pekovic in the starting lineup. Lavine and Wiggins are the two most athletic players selected in the 2014 NBA draft. While both are raw, the excitement they would generate at Target Center is worth more than what Love has been able to give.
I understand that the T’Wolves would probably win 25 to 30 games, especially in the West, but the future would look bright. While Love is a very good player, he doesn’t have the athleticism to take over a game in the fourth quarter, when most games are won or lost. With Lavine and Wiggins, the T’Wolves would have two players who are athletic enough to get their own shot off against athletic defenders.
Wiggins wouldn’t be the only player the T’Wolves would receive. As I alluded to earlier, (Anthony) Bennett would take Love’s place at the power forward position. Bennett had one of the worst rookie seasons last season a rookie has ever had. But from watching the Las Vegas Summer League, he looks to be in better shape and has developed a mediocre outside game. Remember that he was hurt last season and came into camp out of shape. He looks a lot better this summer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him average 14 points and seven rebounds this season if he ends up on the T’Wolves.
And, of course, the T’Wolves would want a first-round draft pick. Three assets for one sounds pretty good to me. Now the T’Wolves coaching staff needs to teach Rubio how to play without the ball because I really liked what I saw from Lavine. He always looks smooth and under control. You don’t see that from many rookies, even in summer league.
No one knows how Wiggins will turn out in the NBA on the offensive end. However, I think he can be pretty good right away defensively. We already know what Love is in the NBA: a creative scorer who can stretch the floor and great rebounder, and he showed good passing ability last season (4.2 assists per game); but can’t seem to get it done when it matters. I think we all know what the T’Wolves’ record was in close games last season. It was 6-13 in games decided by four points or less.
The only thing Wiggins would need to change is his jersey number.
T’Wolves had a pretty good player who wore 21.
Would you be excited to see Wiggins in a T’Wolves jersey? Let me know!