On cue, the NBA released their annual Top 100 players list -- a complete breakdown and ranking of what ESPN's considers the best players in the league. Noticeably absent from the list was Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins, who spoke to the media on Thursday with a chip on his shoulder.
"I don't really look at that too much, top 100 or not top 100," Wiggins told ESPN. "There's not 100 players better than me, so it doesn't matter what people think. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. My job is to come out here and hoop, and that's what I'm going to do."
After agreeing to a $147.7 million max contract extension in 2017, Drew is getting an enormous amount of criticism for his lack of effort on the court. At 24-years-old, and as he enters his 6th season, the young Timberwolf is looking to change that narrative.
For his career, Wiggins averages 19.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on just 44% shooting. This inefficiency coupled with his inability to defend or create for others has become a big problem for him and the Wolves. Obviously, he will have to be willing to grow in these areas if he wants a better outcome. He seems willing and ready for a fresh start.
"I would say I enjoy it more than I did last year because last year was a rough start," Wiggins said. "The joy has always been there. I've never been on the court and not wanted to play."
But is he ready to do more than just talk? No doubt, he will have a lot to prove when the new season finally rolls around next week.