It seems as though entering every basketball season there is a consensus No.1 pick for the NBA Draft at season’s end. This year is no different thanks to the sensation that is Andrew Wiggins.
Wiggins was dubbed the next NBA superstar before he even graduated high school. Sound familiar? Of course, LeBron James has been more than a star, he has been the face of the league for years now, but is that really a reason to believe that Andrew Wiggins can do the same?
The potential is unquestionable. Wiggins has the size to be a prototypical NBA wing at 6’8″ tall, however, his sub-200 pound frame is a cause for concern. Thanks to the success of the lanky Kevin Durant, this will probably be overlooked as well. Maybe it should be; maybe it shouldn’t. That is left to be seen, but one thing is for sure, the playing styles of Durant and Wiggins differ drastically. While both are freakishly athletic, Wiggins relies much more heavily on that ability than Durant. KD is capable from scoring anywhere on the floor, something that “The Next Big Thing” will have to improve upon.
By no means am I bashing Andrew Wiggins. There is a decent chance that the Canadian sensation is the next great basketball player that takes the game to another level. With that said, the 2014 draft class is loaded with potential stars.
For instance, Julius Randle from Kentucky and Jabari Parker from Duke, both freshman, are very capable of succeeding at the next level. Wiggins, Randle, and Parker are all expected to opt out of college for the NBA after their freshman seasons at their respective schools. With that said, there is a lot of basketball to be played, and if Wiggins struggles for some reason and either Randle or Parker impresses scouts, coaches, and front office personnel enough, don’t be surprised to hear a name other than Andrew Wiggins called first. Not to mention, Kentucky head coach John Calipari has a reputation of producing top draft picks such as Derrick Rose, John Wall, and Anthony Davis.