Zach joins the latest episode of Fastbreak Breakfast for some light-hearted banter and a serious appreciation of Andrew Wiggins.
The Timberwolves have exceeded middling expectations so far by beginning the season 7-4, albeit against a rather soft schedule (sixth-easiest so far, according to Basketball-Reference). The most surprising catalyst for the strong start has been beleaguered max contract recipient Andrew Wiggins.
Wiggins was notably left off of ESPN’s top 100 rankings of NBA players this summer and his contract extension has more than once been described as an albatross. But so far in 2019-20 he has transformed himself and led Minnesota with 25.9 points per game while shooting at career-high rates. In addition, he’s blocking over a shot per game and turning the ball over at career-low rates.
Basically, his stats are comparable to prime Kobe:
So how long does it last? Which attribute will regress first? Are any changes here to stay? Could this be the Timberwolves’ second winning season in the last 15 years?
He explains what Minnesota is doing differently this year that has allowed the team and Wiggins to thrive. Plus, we also discuss the struggling Trail Blazers, borderline obscure young players who are apparently “untouchable” in trade talks, and of course, Nic Cage.
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