Despite averaging 19.4 points for his career, Andrew Wiggins has yet to live up to expectations. While he is good at stuffing the stat sheet, his volume shooting is inefficient and, thus, can often be a liability to his team. His work ethic and playstyle have also been scrutinized, and many see the young star as lazy and lethargic.
While many blame Wiggins' mindset, the Wolves star actually shifted some of the blame towards his old coach, Tom Thibodeau, for his regression these past few seasons.
“I feel like I was on the rise my first three years and then some changes were made,” said Wiggins after practice on Tuesday, according to Derek James of Canis Hoopus.
He also added that "yelling and screaming isn’t necessarily coaching," a nice touch to finish throwing his former coach under the bus.
Thibs played out his final season in 2019 and has since been replaced by Ryan Saunders. In his absence, it seems Wiggins has no issues calling him out to the media. But, to Wiggins' credit, the stats back up his claim.
From 2014 to 2017, the budding star showed a steady increase in scoring. His production dipped from 23 points to 17 and 18 points the following two seasons.
Whether or not that's Thibs' fault is more than arguable. Maybe Wiggins is better off focusing on himself and the season ahead rather than blame others for his previous performances.