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Can Andrew Wiggins Bounce Back Next Season?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a young team trying to find themselves. They have two young players that are essential to the team’s core. One of those players is Karl Anthony-Towns. Towns has played well for the Timberwolves while their other core player had ups and downs. Their second core player is former first pick, Andrew Wiggins.

Last week, Wiggins told the media that his past two seasons haven’t been the best for him.

“I feel like I was at a good pace, and then the last couple years haven’t been the best for me,” he said. “The main thing for me is to get back on track.”

Last season, Wiggins averaged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. His averages in rebounds and assists were his career highs up to this point. However, he shot a career-low 41.2 percent from the field. This is roughly a three percent decrease from the previous season. His career-best field goal percentage was in his second year, when he shot 46 percent. Then, his percentage decreased each season.

Overall, his performance in the past two seasons. In his first year with the Wolves, Wiggins averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. He won Rookie of the Year in 2015 and showed a promising future. His stats improved in the next two seasons but declined afterwards. This continued even after the Jimmy Butler trade.

Now, Wiggins has a chance to get on the right track. According to Pioneer Press, Wiggins believes in the Timberwolves new head coach Ryan Saunders. He believes Saunders is the right man for the job after several years on the Wolves’ coaching staff. Wiggins also has the support of the Wolves’ new president of basketball operations.

Team president Gerrson Rosas called Wiggins a “very talented individual” at his introductory press conference. He said that he’ll invest everything he can into helping Wiggins develop. With Wiggins’ trust in Saunders and their belief in him, Wiggins can become the All-Star caliber wing the teams believes he can be.

Wiggins admitted that his performance has not been great in the past two seasons, but he wants to turn things around. If he puts in the work, his goal is within reach.

 

Featured image courtesy of Russ Isabella/USA Today Sports

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