The REAL Reason Why Andrew Wiggins Is Playing BETTER In The NBA (Ft. Passing, Practice & Butler)

Nov 15, 2019
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Andrew Wiggins was supposed to be the next LeBron James in the NBA, but was disappointing. Now Wiggins is playing better, but why? #NBA #Wiggins
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Andrew Wiggins is averaging 25.9 points and 5.1 rebounds on 48% from the field and 36% from 3. I know it’s weird. But more importantly than those stats, Wiggins just looks better on the court. It’s just not this. So I wanted to get to the bottom of this and see why he’s playing better.
Andrew Wiggins was compared to LeBron, not for his playmaking but for his athletic abilities. He’s 6’ 8” with a 7 foot wingspan that could jump out the gym, put on spin move layups, run through bodies, and defend. Wiggins was an elite defender as a prospect and even though he wasn’t an amazing ball handler or passer, there was potential for him to develop all that, so when we saw Wiggins stagnate offensively and actually be bad defensively, it came as a disappointment. Now, Andrew Wiggins seems to be playing better but let’s compare to his past seasons first. Wiggins in his career has never had a better offensive rating than defensive rating per 100 possessions. For the first time, his offensive rating is higher than his defensive rating, the red line crossed above the white line. Both his offensive and defensive ratings are career bests. So there is some merit in saying we haven’t seen Andrew Wiggins do this.
And maybe all of this was set up for this season. Jimmy Butler was traded to the Timberwolves in the 2017 offseason. Butler was a shooting guard, small forward combo, like Wiggins and with Butler, Wiggins role became confusing both offensively and defensively. Remember, Andrew Wiggins was coming off of his best season ever in 2016-2017. He had just averaged 23.5 points off of his best shooting percentage at 45% from the field and 35.6% from 3. He was slowly but surely showing constant improvement offensively in his first 3 seasons, but with Butler being a part of the team for the last two seasons, Wiggins didn’t continue to improve. Defensive assignments were wonky, there was confusion on who was guarding who. The thing with Wiggins is that the more he gets used, the better he seems to get like in 2016 and like now. This was the first offseason we heard Andrew Wiggins was working in Minnesota on parts of his game that would compliment Karl Anthony Towns.
So let’s take a look at the changes Wiggins has made on the court that fits his more defined role. For one, Wiggins is now the perimeter star. That doesn’t mean he’s supposed to be an amazing shooter although that would help. This means that he’s the guy the offense will rely on to create a shot and opportunities from the perimeter. They already have their interior star in Karl Anthony Towns that can also shoot from the perimeter and yeah he can create a little bit from the perimeter, but he’s not a ball handler. Andrew Wiggins is averaging a career high in touches per game at 60.6 per game. Those touches, even though there’s a higher pace, are more calculated. Wiggins is only averaging 3.6 assists that’s because he has 3 games where he has had 0 assists. He’s had 5 or more assists in 6 out of the 11 games he’s played. While the pace for the Timberwolves has been higher, he’s been more in control. It’s passes like these where he’s moving to open space, forcing the defense to shift and making the read instead of trying to shoot through it that gives Wiggins options. So even if Wiggins is also taking the most shots in his career, the shot selection is a lot better.
Wiggins is also using his athleticism to his advantage. For example on this play, Wiggins starts on the perimeter and drives. Now he could continue to go to the paint and try to take on the big man and his defensive guard which he has done in the past. But he’s smarter. The defender is playing catchup and Wiggins is pretty athletic so he gives him a bump and goes the opposite way. He creates enough space and it’s an easy jumpshot for him in the midrange area he likes. These are plays where he’s using his athleticism to avoid having to take on multiple defenders at once and create space for himself. This also means that instead of forcing his way into the midrange area, Wiggins will go to the 3 point line and take some threes. He’s taking 6.5 threes in a game which is up from 4.8 threes last season.
Also his 3 point shot his more of a one motion shot versus a 2 motion shot. He used to sort of be a two motion shot which led to flatter threes but now he can have a more consistent form and use his legs to give himself more arc from behind the 3. It’s not a crazy change in shooting percentage but small increases make him more of a threat. It’s better than this.

  • Will Wiggins keep this up? Yeah we playing Pokemon tonight:

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY11 months ago
    • Better how do you get a Instagram shoutout

      BlueBlue11 months ago
    • R u streaming today

      GzY_XavierGzY_Xavier11 months ago
    • MJ2KALLDAY better

      SinbadMadeYouMadSinbadMadeYouMad11 months ago
  • Better Lol

    Atish EesanAtish Eesan2 months ago
  • The raptors could make this guy into a superstar, they do it with undrafted rookies all the time. Like look at their fucking squad, these players are insane now.

    Maxwell CollinsMaxwell Collins4 months ago
  • He has a poor additude and only cares for money.

    undisputed roofer and more.undisputed roofer and more.7 months ago
  • Cause hes not playing for a trash organization with a losing attitude anymore. Now hes on a REAL team not some squad filled with malcontent assholes.

    jaymtl79jaymtl798 months ago
  • Ummmm he left kat you realized everyone is gone but him should tell you something. Most likely he knew he was gonna get traded this season thats why he played good

    BLVNKBLVNK8 months ago
  • Who likes the timberwolves

    OverstrezzedOverstrezzed8 months ago
  • Thanks! I suppose videos like this was the reason the Warriors decided to go ahead with the trade.

    Joe MajorsJoe Majors8 months ago
  • he would be golden boy next season

    SCSC8 months ago
  • Dang, players with cornrows really are part time nba players (Kawhi, Wiggins, Iverson)

    Uncle DrewUncle Drew8 months ago
  • Gluten free diet Get ‘in Wegie with it Golden state warriors gone help you up kid

    Joe ShoeJoe Shoe8 months ago
  • kobe touch :(

    Ian SidIan Sid8 months ago
  • Better

    Slimy beeSlimy bee8 months ago
  • 7:13

    BigMac N CheezBigMac N Cheez8 months ago
  • I feel better about the GSW trade... Wiggins will probably improve even more in a championship bound team. It seems the locker room issues with him and Butler took the fun out of the game for him that won't happen with the GSW.

    Spotless MindSpotless Mind8 months ago
  • gsw saw this vid

    Pierre Michael MonjardinPierre Michael Monjardin8 months ago
  • Wiggins just got traded 😳

    Clout WRLDClout WRLD8 months ago
  • Welcome to the dubs. Let us unleash your ultra instinct.

    Hack KiteHack Kite8 months ago
  • Welcome to the Golden State Big Wig!!

    asdfasdf8 months ago
  • I just don't see him having the ball will help the Warriors

    vincent flanniganvincent flannigan8 months ago
  • Here after he got traded to my dubs to see what we got lo

    Anthony RamosAnthony Ramos8 months ago
  • Who's here because he is a warrior?

    Eric SuaveEric Suave8 months ago
    • watching this video kinda makes sense why warriors took the deal

      Olympia MonetOlympia Monet8 months ago
    • me

      Louis Andrew Sanchez TungolLouis Andrew Sanchez Tungol8 months ago
    • me

      MR YUPMR YUP8 months ago
  • Warriors

    nickolaz carternickolaz carter8 months ago
  • The real reason is cause his contract is ending he wants money

    the boithe boi9 months ago
  • Better

    HG - 07FN 753663 Shaw PSHG - 07FN 753663 Shaw PS9 months ago
  • He needs to elevate his game and play for popovich. He will be molded and take his game to the next level. Look at Kawhi, Aldridge and derozan.

    Richard GonzalesRichard Gonzales10 months ago
  • Better

    Landon MardisLandon Mardis10 months ago
  • Better

    He_a_ MILFHe_a_ MILF11 months ago
  • better

    Andrew MendozaAndrew Mendoza11 months ago
  • Better :)

    772 Floyd772 Floyd11 months ago
  • Kobe is the leader of an assassins guild

    allen907allen90711 months ago
  • hes 24...improving every year major this rate he will be lethal by 28 y'all wearing Wiggins jerseys again

  • better

    Aye_JpAye_Jp11 months ago
  • Better

    JeffJeff11 months ago
  • "BETTER"

    Michael BhodhoMichael Bhodho11 months ago
  • All these basketball channels with people that havent watched more than two-three wiggins games are now scrambling to put up their own "why wiggins is better" video. But they only have basketball reference to go by

    Mr. SuhaibMr. Suhaib11 months ago
  • Better

    ItsRafaelItsRafael11 months ago
  • Better

    Max Saber GamingMax Saber Gaming11 months ago
  • better

    ChristopherChristopher11 months ago
  • Better

    Riley LinaresRiley Linares11 months ago
  • does anybody know what's the music in the background? love it

  • got a new haircut

    Kyler SchumacherKyler Schumacher11 months ago
  • Bette

  • Better

    King PandaKing Panda11 months ago
  • He's been in the league 6 years ago????

    Isaiah StevensonIsaiah Stevenson11 months ago
    • 2014-2020

      Albert TijerinaAlbert Tijerina11 months ago
  • Made up stats like defensive rating don't indicate about high quality defense

    Kristian ParkKristian Park11 months ago
  • the REAL reason.... your just a clown telling everyone everything we already know. CLICKBAIT ass niiiiiiiiii

    Josh ThieleJosh Thiele11 months ago
  • better

    Chris LambeChris Lambe11 months ago
  • Wiggins was never bad hes just good now

    Fredrick JeffsonFredrick Jeffson11 months ago
  • Hopefully he can keep it up but its the Wolves so ill believe it if does this for a whole year

    Isaac SchiffIsaac Schiff11 months ago

    Deaf BallersDeaf Ballers11 months ago
  • Wiggins is like Derozan with more of a shot

    Abel OAbel O11 months ago
  • Better

    Dreon HamiltonDreon Hamilton11 months ago
  • shot selection. no turnovers. actually rebounding. and some assists. about fucking time.

    Tony WingTony Wing11 months ago
  • He got better cuz he cut off that nappy ass hair 😂😂

    chiweta 62chiweta 6211 months ago
  • Yo im the winner of giveaway My insta is niki_dragisic

    Nikša DragišićNikša Dragišić11 months ago
  • Better

    James BackwardzJames Backwardz11 months ago
  • How do you get a Instagram shoutout

    BlueBlue11 months ago
  • andrew wiggins need mamba mentality

    trox swetotrox sweto11 months ago
  • Better

    Steven CeciSteven Ceci11 months ago
  • As a wolves fan I’m so happy to see Wiggins playing how I thought he would this year. I told everyone he would be a 25 5 and 5 player and right now that’s basically what he is. I felt like butler stunted his growth and made him feel like he wasn’t good enough. Now with a new coach and it being him and towns team I feel like the future in Minnesota is bright and honestly after seeing people on Instagram say “14th seed” it’s nice to think we have a chance at a 5-8 seed and I’m ok with that haha

    Brandon WiseBrandon Wise11 months ago
  • Way better man 😂

    hjgamer200hjgamer20011 months ago
  • Better

    Bryan ColeBryan Cole11 months ago
  • 1. he got rid of his corn rows (he played bad eversince the rows - coincedentally, there's butler as well) 2. he's looking confident out there 3. he might have watched some kawhi highlights

    Jezrael VisayaJezrael Visaya11 months ago

    Kabir BarianaKabir Bariana11 months ago
  • I blamed Thibodeau

    Antoine BannisterAntoine Bannister11 months ago
  • Ryan Saunders doing his job!

    James TJames T11 months ago
  • Better

    Tyler RaaschTyler Raasch11 months ago
  • Better

    Promise UzealaPromise Uzeala11 months ago
  • better

    Panagiotis KakaroumpasPanagiotis Kakaroumpas11 months ago
  • Run kat at point -> conference finals guarantee

    elevationelevation11 months ago
    • Donald Myles it’s a joke fuckass

      elevationelevation11 months ago
    • Stick to 2k kid

      Big Gritter210Big Gritter21011 months ago
  • How many peiple di you think have the kobe touch?

    Ihtisyam HasanIhtisyam Hasan11 months ago
    • Ihtisyam Hasan none in the league rn besides Luka Doncic

      Kabir BarianaKabir Bariana11 months ago
  • It's cuz he cut his hair

    Clout chaserClout chaser11 months ago
  • better

    ajang nyokajang nyok11 months ago
  • That 3 almost went in lmao. When u made the joke. I’m actually cooked

    JyeJyeJyeJye11 months ago
  • I like Wiggins. It's a great player.

    JAVALKEN TravelJAVALKEN Travel11 months ago
  • Better Go Wolves

    Hakuna MatataHakuna Matata11 months ago
  • I never gave up on him 😎

    Giant CafeGiant Cafe11 months ago

    Emerson ChenEmerson Chen11 months ago
  • better

    JesseDMJesseDM11 months ago
  • It’s his haircut the reason he is so good

    Benjamin GarzaBenjamin Garza11 months ago
  • Do Siakam next vid

    Massimo OrlandoMassimo Orlando11 months ago

    DarkVenom 124DarkVenom 12411 months ago
  • Better

    Undercover ChickenUndercover Chicken11 months ago
  • better

    Adam CampbellAdam Campbell11 months ago
  • i love jake layman because im a blazer fan I still love Meyer's too

    DestdromDestdrom11 months ago
  • What a hating ass

    Devonte CDevonte C11 months ago
  • better

    ThePugGamer456ThePugGamer45611 months ago
  • Better

    Philip -__-Philip -__-11 months ago
  • Wiggins is the perfect example of what happens when you start playing basketball with your brain

    John GrillerJohn Griller11 months ago
  • looks in superstar form. Good to watch

    Nathan gamezioNathan gamezio11 months ago
    • Nathan gamezio allstar*

      Sauce KingSauce King11 months ago
  • better

    Jon BondJon Bond11 months ago
  • Trust me, this guy has NOT turned the corner. Best case scenario, this guy turns into a ghetto Joe Smith

    Ian ChengIan Cheng11 months ago
  • Told y’all playing for Thibbs is a bad thing for young players

    justOnerandomguyjustOnerandomguy11 months ago
  • I'll play good too if I'm close to that contract year want to play for a new contract

    moyetee2moyetee211 months ago
  • He is definitely being used as much as ever because he has been playing PG, and his kickouts and passing has been great. He coulda had like 16 assists the other day if everyone hit their shots(impossible)

    Anthony JacksonAnthony Jackson11 months ago
  • your using clips of him taking bad pull up 2s and praising the ones that go in. When the real reason Wigs is playing better is because hes taking 3s and layups and only shooting long 2s 10% of the time compared to 25%.

    Anthony JacksonAnthony Jackson11 months ago
  • Okay, when you did that broken glass on the long 3, your an idiot. Him taking that shot today wouldn't be an issue. It's the pull up mid range that he bricks and deserves the broken glass. Clue number 1, you dont watch the wolves or wigs, cause if you did, the mid range brick would be the shot you use for that clip.

    Anthony JacksonAnthony Jackson11 months ago
  • "The REAL reason..." "The Truth Behind..." "What NO one is talking about..." "The Real Problem..." Why are NBA USworldsrs still using these titles? What year is this? Do we really need this?

    theSUBVERSIVEtheSUBVERSIVE11 months ago
  • This nigga got all the Talent in the world but wont make use out of it

    KyKy11 months ago