With the NBA season in full swing, its safe to say which teams are a contender and which teams are flat out pretenders. The Sixers started out 3-0 (with amazing victories over the Bulls, Rockets and Heat) and are now sitting at 7-19 on the season. With that being said it is safe to say they will be vying for one of the top three picks in this years stellar NBA draft class.
To get the ball rolling we start with who else, the “Canadian Cannon”, Andrew Wiggins. The kid has put on for the country of Canada since the age of 16. He dominated the high school ranks last year winning award after award including, Mr. Basketball and Gatorade National Player of the Year. He is continuing to have great success at Kansas. He is a 6-8 play maker, he can get to the basket and has the handles to make defenders look dazed and confused. The comparisons to LeBron are at bit much but they have the same athleticism and size that LeBron had when he was in high school. Wiggins has been the talk of the NBA for about two years now and he has not been in college at Kansas for a full semester. Wiggins is currently averaging 15.9 points per game and just under six rebounds a game for the Jay hawks.
Some weaknesses in his game that come to light are that he seems to get lost and becomes invisible when he isn’t handling the ball. Another thing, Wiggins must become a better passer and set up man for his teammates. As of now he is only averaging 1.2 APG, looking more like ‘Melo than LeBron or Durant with those numbers.
In the NBA, it is not always going to be about scoring and highlight dunks, something Wiggins will have to learn as his Freshman year at Kansas progresses. Wiggins can give you plenty of that based off natural ability, but his basketball I.Q. has to increase. He needs to learn how to move without the ball and how to impact that game without the ball in his hands. He has all the potential to be a premier player at the next level and will more likely be the head of a dream NBA draft class.
Wiggins would be a dream player for the Sixers, especially with Evan Turner on his way out (we hope). The wing spot is open and Wiggins could form a three-headed monster with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel. What do you guys think?