After a sensational 2021-22 NBA regular season and an even better performance in the postseason, Andrew Wiggins has established himself as one of the best two-way players in the league.
He played a vital role in the Golden State Warriors' championship run. It's great to see him finally finding a team where he fits perfectly. His stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves was forgettable. He could never reach his true potential while playing for the Timberwolves for a plethora of reasons.
In the end, Wiggins was traded to the Warriors, and it turned his career around. Thanks to playing along with Stephen Curry, he is under no pressure to individually lead the team. Curry can do that for him.
Speaking of pressure, a huge reason why Wiggins could never succeed before his stint with the Warriors was due to the insanely high expectations fans and the media had for him. So much so that when he was drafted using the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, he was touted to become the next LeBron James.
In a recent episode of the "Point Forward" podcast, he revealed the pressure he felt on being labeled the next LeBron James and being the number one pick in the NBA Draft.
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“There was definitely pressure, especially being from Canada, just knowing the whole city is watching, the whole country is watching, the whole country wants you to do good. They’re calling you the next LeBron, stuff like that. Ain’t nobody’s gonna be the next LeBron! That’s 1 of 1. I’m there, trying to do the best I could in Minnesota."
It's hard for us to even imagine the pressure that Wiggins must have felt when he was drafted as the number one overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers of all teams.
Unfortunately, fans could never see him play together with LeBron James. Because when James arrived back at the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team traded Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves to get Kevin Love.