Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Pro Player Comparison Blend: Tracy McGrady/Clyde Drexler
Since winning the high school Gatorade National Player of the Year award, the hype surrounding Andrew Wiggins has been off the charts.
But let's not get carried away. He's not the next LeBron James or Kevin Durant.
Let's start with Tracy McGrady, who entered the league with similar high-flying athleticism and mesmerizing hops. When comparing the two, the first word that comes to mind is "bounce." Wiggins and McGrady have ridiculous bounce, as if the hardwood beneath their feet is actually a springy trampoline.
Their ability to elevate, even without momentum, allows them to rise, separate and finish over defenders, both as shooters or finishers inside. Only time will tell whether or not Wiggins' mid-range jumper will be as deadly as McGrady's was.
Wiggins also resembles NBA legend Clyde Drexler, a wing who would fly around the court and soar over defenders without appearing to break a sweat. Like Drexler, who was appropriately nicknamed "Glide," everything seems effortless for Wiggins.
These guys are/were able to pick up easy buckets in situations that wouldn't have even been considered scoring opportunities for the average player.
He doesn't have the frame and versatility of a guy like LeBron, or the size, length and three-ball of Durant, but Wiggins' natural talent should make him a special NBA commodity once he reaches his ceiling.