Say what you want about Andrew Wiggins' developmental setting in Minnesota compared to what he'd have in Cleveland. But there's no debating where he'll have the best chance to take down Jabari Parker in the Rookie of the Year race.
Wiggins will be looking at a featured role as a member of the Timberwolves. And he'll have a green light with really nothing to lose, given the team's limited expectations.
It might take a few years to build up his field-goal percentage, but right off the bat, Wiggins will be able to score right away.
That showtime athleticism for a 6'8" wing should translate to a few easy buckets a game, whether they come in the open floor or off a Ricky Rubio dime. But we've also seen Wiggins' one-on-one game grow dramatically over the past year.
From pull-up and step-back jumpers to his patented spin moves and floaters in the lane, he's becoming a guy you can go to for a bucket against a set defense. Wiggins obviously has to improve his shooting consistency, but there's no doubt he's capable on the perimeter. And with plenty of reps coming his way as a rookie, you can expect him to make his fair share of outside shots, which, in turn, could be huge for his confidence as the season progresses.
Winning this award also appears to be a goal of Wiggins'. “I want to be on the All-Defensive team, be Rookie of the Year, make the All-Star team,” he told Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy.
Apparently, somebody is dreaming big. I'd peg Wiggins as Parker's toughest challenger for 2015 Rookie of the Year based on his projected offensive output and two-way impact.