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The bar was set at A+ for Andrew Wiggins. Naturally, he didn't reach it.
But throw away the preseason hype, and you're looking at one of the most productive freshman in the country playing for a national title contender.
Wiggins is averaging over 16 points per game against the toughest schedule in America. And though it took him a few months, he's flashed a complete offensive repertoire. It needs years of fine-tuning, but the skill set and framework are there.
As a scorer, he's been automatic in the open floor and nearly impossible to contain if he's got space or a lane to attack. He gets to the line over six times per game, though he's struggled finishing after contact or in traffic at the rim.
Wiggins has even shown he's a better shooter than he was initially pegged as. His 34.3 percent three-point clip won't win him any contests, but it's not a bad first-year number.
In between, we've seen the pull-up and step-back jumper, along with his patented floater on the move.
Defensively, he projects better than his statistics suggest, so we won't dock him too much for his 1.0 steal and 0.9 block per game averages or his 102.4 defensive rating. He's incredibly quick laterally, and he's got the size and length to guard three or four positions—Wiggins just needs to work on his focus and awareness.
The big knock on Wiggins, at least for the first half of the year, has been his tendency to take a backseat. He often has been caught just standing around on the perimeter or going long stretches without making a move.
Whether or not this is a red flag rests in the eye of the beholder, but it has certainly given some NBA folks a reason to feel hesitant—especially with Kansas' Joel Embiid and Duke's Jabari Parker both solid draft options.
Still, Wiggins had himself an excellent freshman season, and despite failing to meet the lofty and unrealistic expectations given to him, his No. 1 overall upside and All-Star potential remain intact.