Weâre halfway through the 2014-15 NBA season and things havenât gone exactly to plan. The Minnesota Timberwolves missed at least three starters for two months of the season and itâs helped them go from a promising start 4.5 games into the season to a 7-34 record at the halfway point. Granted, that record is mostly skewed because of the loss of Ricky Rubio (Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovicâs absences hurt too), but you donât get wins on a grading curve in the NBA.
Either you can win them or you canât. And without Rubio, the Wolvesâ defense has been a mess and the offense hasnât been much better. However, there has been one constant beacon of hope on the horizon, showing the future seasons wonât be so bad.Â
Andrew Christian WigginsÂ has been a delight to watch grow and develop, even just half a season into his career. The NBA compiled a video of some Wiggins highlights from the first half of the season and itâs a nice reminder that the Wolves are bad but it doesnât mean the season is lost. Developing Wiggins and the young guys has always been the primary goal, whether it was creating an environment of competition for them to earn minutes or throwing them into the pool and seeing if they could figure out how not to drown. The Wolvesâ development plan has had to change because of injuries, but itâs still all about development.
So far, Wiggins is averaging 15.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals in 33.1 minutes. Heâs made 42.8% of his shots and 38.0% of his 3-point attempts. While the defense has been exposed for rookie unawareness at times, overall itâs been an impressive display of him wanting to defend the best scorer on the other team. There are more analysis and highlights at a later time, but for now, the video above is pretty cool.