How Andrew Wiggins Trade Could Shape Minnesota Timberwolves' Future

Joseph Zapata@JosephZapataIIIContributor IIIAugust 17, 2014

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When one door closes, another opens.  The Minnesota Timberwolves may be losing Kevin Love but in return, they receive a promising future.  

If the Timberwolves land Andrew Wiggins, this team could be very dangerous two or three years down the road.  

The Timberwolves already have three potential superstars in Zach LaVine, Glenn Robinson III (also known as GRIII) and Ricky Rubio.  All of these players are under 24 years old, not to mention LaVine and Wiggins are still teens.  

If these young players can develop to their max potential, they could become the next powerhouse in the NBA.  

Many fans are already excited to see the pairing of Wiggins and LaVine because of their elite athleticism (as seen in the pair of Vines below).

just accepted @GRIII challenge at the @PaniniAmerica shoot and now challenge @22wiggins to beat this! https://t.co/KBw6hO0Y11 #hoopsrookie

— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) August 3, 2014

challenge accepted @ZachLaVine. @tdot_ennis now I challenge you. https://t.co/18PDzF56bO #hoopsrookie

— andrew wiggins (@22wiggins) August 3, 2014    

LaVine may not be a household name, but many experts have high hopes for the former UCLA point guard. With his athleticism and ability to shoot from beyond the arc, he may have even more potential than Wiggins.

Canis Hoopus of SB Nation shared a similar opinion:

Here's the core of why I think Lavine's ceiling is higher: Wiggins really struggled to create offense at Kansas. Most of it was poor handles

— canishoopus (@canishoopus) July 19, 2014

LaVine is a great offensive player but he may be better suited as a shooting guard, because the Timberwolves already have Rubio running the point.  

Rubio has struggled when it comes to scoring (.368 career shooting percentage), but he has proven to be one of the best facilitators in the NBA (as seen in the GIF below).  

According to ESPN, in all three years of Rubio's career, he has ranked in the top 10 in assists per game (career average of 8.1 assists per game). 

The least talked about piece of the Timberwolves puzzle is Robinson, the 40th overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft.

Like Wiggins and LaVine, Robinson has proven to be an incredible athlete.  He's a high-flyer known for his ability to finish at the rim.  In his two years at Michigan, Robinson averaged 12 points per game while shooting at 52.5 percent.  

Robinson is even terrific on the boards, averaging 2.5 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes in his freshman season (according to Draft Express).

Many scouts also raved about his defensive ability. Matt Kamalsky of Draft Express wrote about Robinson's potential:

Mostly defending the power forward position at Michigan, Robinson played with a more consistent motor than he did as a freshman and had some nice moments defending the perimeter thanks to his lateral quickness, but he'll benefit from gaining experiencing defending the small forward position full time and playing with a greater sense of urgency given how much of an impact he appears capable of making on this end of the floor.

If all four of these young promising players develop, the Timberwolves could become a very dangerous team. Especially with the San Antonio Spurs getting older and Kevin Durant possibly leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, the West in a couple of years could be wide open.

Not to mention the Timberwolves already have proven veterans in Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic and (most likely) Thaddeus Young. Young isn't a superstar, but he's only 26 years old and he still has time to improve.  

For the last few years, Young was the best player on the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging a career high 17.9 points per game last season.   

With time, Robinson, Rubio, LaVine and Wiggins may become a Big Four and more importantly, title contenders.  

 

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