Mired in mediocrity, the Minnesota Timberwolves are still looking for their “big break.”
Fortunately, with Karl-Anthony Towns and rock-solid coaching staff in place, the Wolves already have the foundation of something truly special. But they will need others to step up if they are to reach their ultimate goal.
Namely, it is Andrew Wiggins who has got to blossom as a leader and player. Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas knows this as well and wasn’t afraid to call out his guy in a chat with the Star Tribune.
“Andrew in particular with his talent and physical abilities, the potential he’s shown, we’ve got to get that on a more consistent basis,” Rosas said. “He’s focused on it as well. In order for us to have the success we want to have, he’s got to be a main contributor. He understands that, we understand that.”
At the same time, he recognizes the Wolves can do better in helping him along…
“To be fair to (Wiggins), he needs some continuity in terms of coaching, philosophy, strategy and style of play,” Rosas said. “We think he’s going to be one of the better beneficiaries of this style of play. His physical tools, talent and skill. We do feel there’s a lot of upside for him. He’s worked very hard this summer. He’s been committed to everything that we’ve done.”
Last season, Wiggins averaged 18 points, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds per game on 41% shooting. As a player, those low efficiency and assist numbers have always been a knock for Wiggins. As a team, the Wolves have struggled to stay in the playoff race in the West, despite having two of the most talented young stars in the league.
It will be up to Wiggins to not only prove the doubters wrong but take his team to new and unexplored heights this upcoming season.