Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Golden State Warriors
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Wiggins only minimally increased his field goal attempts and scoring average last year, despite Jimmy Butler's trade to the 76ers 10 games into the season. After his No. 1 selection in 2014 and Rookie of the Year honors, Wiggins increased his scoring average in each of his first three seasons, reaching an apex of 23.6 points in the 2016-17 season. He's failed to hit the 20-point threshold since, but his production in 2018-19 was encouraging. Wiggins played a career-low 34.8 minutes per game in 73 appearances, and his averages per 36 minutes were up across the board. He averaged career bests in rebounds (4.8), assists (2.5) and three-pointers (1.6) per game. Wiggins closed the season on a tear, averaging 21.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists over the final 12 games. His career-best 1.7 combined blocks/steals should give fantasy owners hope that Wiggins can improve upon defensive deficiencies that have nagged him throughout his career, though Wiggins is far more valuable on the offensive end of the floor. A volume scorer throughout his career, he'll be the clear number two option in the Minnesota offense behind Karl-Anthony Towns. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $147.71 million contract extension with the Timberwolves in October of 2017. Traded to the Warriors in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Andrew Christian Wiggins was born in Toronto in 1995. His father, Mitchell, played collegiate basketball at Florida State before featuring at the NBA level with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers. Wiggins' mother, Marita, was a track star at Florida State who represented Canada in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. Both of Wiggins' brothers, Nick and Mitchell Jr., played collegiate basketball -- at Wichita State and Southeastern University, respectively. Wiggins started his high school career at Vaughan Secondary School in Ontario before transferring to Huntington Prep in West Virginia for his final two years. In his first year at Huntington Prep, Wiggins averaged 24.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.7 blocked shots, leading his team to a 29-2 season and capturing the 2012 Gatorade West Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award. The following season, he averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game as the Highlanders finished the year with a 30-3 record. Wiggins then spent a year at the University of Kansas. The 2014 No. 1 pick is active in his pursuit of community service. He made headlines for donating $22 to charity for every point he scored during the 2018-19 NBA season. Wiggins and his family also run the Andrew Wiggins Foundation, which supports youth athletic organizations. You can follow Wiggins on Twitter and Instagram @22wiggins.

College/International Summary

Wiggins racked up awards in his lone college season. He was named to the 2013-14 All-Big 12 first team and the 2014 All-Big 12 Tournament first team as well as winning 2013-14 Big 12 Rookie of the Year. He finished fourth in the Big 12 in points with 597, setting a Kansas freshman record in the process. The star freshman led the Jayhawks in points (17.1), field goals (5.4) and steals (1.2) per game, and he ranked third on the squad with 5.9 rebounds per game. He helped lead Kansas to the 2013-14 regular season Big 12 title and into the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Wiggins entered the 2014 NBA Draft after one year at Kansas. He was selected first overall in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves before the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.

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FGolden State Warriors
March 6, 2020
Wiggins went for 21 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 0-1 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and one block in 37 minutes during Thursday's 121-113 loss against the Raptors.
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Wiggins has topped the 20-point mark in three straight games and should remain a reliable scoring threat for the Warriors, although his numbers might decrease a bit with the return of Stephen Curry. The star forward is averaging 20.2 points per game in his first 10 outings with Golden State.
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2019

Wiggins began the 2019-20 season with the Timberwolves. He appeared in 42 games with the team, seeing 34.4 minutes per game and averaging 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists on 44.4 percent shooting from the field, 33.1 percent from three and 72.0 percent from the free-throw line. On Feb. 6, he was traded to the Warriors. Wiggins proceeded to appear in 12 games with Golden State, averaging 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from three and 67.2 percent from the free-throw line. Overall, he set per-game career marks of 5.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He also set single-game career highs of four blocks, seven threes and 11 assists. His other season highs were 40 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. He also racked up four double-doubles and one triple-double. Arguably Wiggins' best game with the Wolves occurred Jan. 27 against the Kings, where he posted 36 points (13-21 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 3-6 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and one block in 43 minutes. Wiggins' best game with Golden State occurred Feb. 12 against the Suns, where he posted 27 points (9-14 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five assists, four rebounds, four blocks and two steals.

2018

Wiggins started 73 games in his fifth season with the Timberwolves. He set new career-high averages in rebounds (4.8), assists (2.5) and blocks (0.7) while again delivering on offense with 18.1 points per contest. On Jan. 8, he scored a season-high 40 points with 10 rebounds in a 119-117 win over the Thunder. When he scored 17 points against the Spurs on Jan. 18, Wiggins moved past Sam Mitchell for second place on the Timberwolves' franchise scoring list. The former No. 1 pick pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds Jan. 25 at Utah. He notched a season-high seven assists against the Pelicans on Feb. 8, then matched that total two months later in a 110-108 victory over the Mavericks. Wiggins finished the season with three double-doubles. He also shot 33.9 percent from three-point range. All told, Wiggins finished second on the team behind Karl-Anthony Towns in terms of total points (1,321) and minutes played (2,543).

2017

Wiggins' fourth season in the league was also his third time playing all 82 games, and he played at least 30 minutes in each one. The former No. 1 overall pick delivered 17.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game while averaging 36.3 minutes. Wiggins started the campaign on a high note, scoring his 5,000th career point in the season opener as part of a 26-point, five-rebound effort against San Antonio on Oct. 18. His biggest offensive explosion came Jan. 22, when he dropped 40 points against the Clippers. The former Kansas Jayhawk set a new personal best with 11 rebounds while also scoring 17 points against New York on Mar. 23. He also made a season-high five three-pointers against Denver on Dec. 27, part of a 21-point game. The Canadian national had some big moments on defense, too, with a season-high four steals against Golden State on Nov. 8 and a pair of three-block games.

2016

Wiggins continued to serve as a durable and effective offensive producer in his third NBA season. He started in all 82 games for the second time in his career, giving him 245 career starts out of a possible 246 games. Wiggins set new career highs with 37.2 minutes and 23.6 points per game. The Kansas product also attempted a career-high 19.1 shots per game and maintained a steady shooting percentage, checking in at 45.2 percent after shooting 45.9 percent from the floor a season earlier. Wiggins displayed continued consistency at the free-throw line as well, knocking down 76 percent of his attempts for the third straight year. The 21-year-old showcased his all-around offensive talents when he recorded a career-high 47 points in a win over the Lakers on Nov. 13. Across 41 minutes on the floor, Wiggins shot 14-of-21 from the field and 17-of-22 from the free-throw line. Wiggins had four other games with 40 or more points and nine games scoring 30 or more points. The Canadian also displayed growth as a passer, as he finished the year with a career-high 2.3 assists per game. He recorded a season-high six assists on three separate occasions.

2015

Following a debut season in which he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, Wiggins took a step forward offensively in his sophomore campaign. The Kansas product upped his shots per game from 13.9 to 16.0 while increasing his scoring from 16.9 points per game to 20.7, leading the Timberwolves in scoring. Even while taking more shots, the 20-year-old increased his shooting percentage from 43.7 as a rookie to 45.9 in 2015-16. He also got to the line more, averaging a remarkable 7.0 free-throw attempts per game and making 76.1 percent of them. Wiggins set a new career best with 35 points Jan. 8 against Cleveland, the team that drafted him first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft before trading him to Minnesota. All told, he scored 30-plus points on 10 separate occasions. Wiggins recorded his lone double-double of the season Dec. 18 against Sacramento, dropping 32 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. He remained an asset defensively as well, averaging a steal per game for the second straight season; he picked up a career-high six swipes in a win over Golden State on Apr. 5. Wiggins also recorded five steals in a win over Oklahoma City on Mar. 11. The youngster finished his strong second season with 81 starts after starting all 82 games as a rookie, cementing his place as a durable and consistent centerpiece in Minnesota.

2014

After being selected first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by Cleveland, Wiggins never suited up for the Cavaliers in a regular-season game. Instead, the former Kansas Jayhawk was shipped to Minnesota in August as part of the trade package for Kevin Love. Wiggins quickly became a featured player for the rebuilding Timberwolves, as the 19-year-old started all 82 games. He finished second on the team in scoring average with 16.9 points per game and easily led Minnesota in total points with 1,387. Wiggins went for a season-high 33 points on 14-of-25 shooting in a revenge game against Cleveland on Jan. 31. He had three other 30-point performances and went for 20 or more points on 27 occasions. Wiggins also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals per game to round out his stat line. He had a season-high 10 rebounds against Portland on Dec. 10, then matched that total in a game against the Lakers on Apr. 10. Those two performances also were his two double-doubles for the year, as he finished with 23 and 29 points, respectively. Wiggins tallied a season-high nine assists against Golden State on Apr. 11. Following his successful debut season, Wiggins was awarded NBA Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the first Timberwolves player to win the award.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 24, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • August 23, 2014
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with Anthony Bennett and a trade exception to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love
  • October 11, 2017
    Signed a five-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded -- along with a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick -- from the Timberwolves to the Warriors in exchange for D'Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman.
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The arrival of Jimmy Butler last summer meant that Wiggins' production was likely to take a hit, and that was ultimately the case in 2017-18. With Butler finding his fit in Minnesota, Wiggins attempted 3.2 fewer field-goals per game, resulting in his scoring dipping from 23.6 to 17.7 points per game. Unfortunately for Wiggins, the decrease in volume also coincided with a drop in efficiency. Wiggins hit just 43.8 percent of his field goals -- the lowest mark since his rookie season -- and his free-throw percentage inexplicably fell from 76 percent to an unsightly 64 percent. Wiggins' game revolves around his ability to put the ball in the basket and defensive flaws have always been a major hindrance, from both a Fantasy and real basketball standpoint. While he was able to make some slight improvements on the defensive end (1.7 combined steals/blocks), Wiggins is still a long way away from being an elite Fantasy contributor on that end of the floor, which belies his physical abilities. Looking on the bright side, Wiggins has been one of the NBA's iron men since entering the league in 2014. He managed to play and start all 82 games for the third time in four seasons. Looking ahead, his role will likely remain much the same heading into 2018-19, as the Wolves bring back virtually the same core and coaching staff. Barring an injury to either Karl-Anthony Towns or Jimmy Butler, Wiggins will be fighting for touches on the offensive end and based on his most recent production, he'll battle more closely with Jeff Teague for the role of the third scoring option. Fantasy owners willing to take the risk should be able to grab Wiggins with a late-middle-round pick, although his name and pedigree as a former No. 1 overall pick often warrants unfounded hype.
Wiggins has been an increasingly utilized part of the Timberwolves offense over each of the past three seasons. He increased his field-goal attempts per game from 13.9 his rookie season, to 16.0 his sophomore season, and finally 19.1 last season. Over that stretch, he’s also managed to increase his effective field-goal percentage – a good sign for his development. Overall last season, Wiggins posted 23.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal across 37.2 minutes per game. He also shot 45.2 percent from the field and knocked down 1.3 threes per game at a 35.6 percent clip. The addition of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague to the Wolves may result in Wiggins seeing fewer touches than usual, however. Butler, a wing, averages 23.9 point per game himself. And, while Butler has shown improved ability as a ball-handler and passer, asking him to share the floor with Wiggins will likely result in someone getting the short end of the stick. With Butler undoubtedly the better player, Wiggins will probably end up deferring some of his touches to his new teammate(s). Wiggins certainly has potential to have a great Fantasy season, with a strong possibility to improve his efficiency, though his stock may be plateauing for the first time in his career.
On the heels of a strong rookie campaign, Wiggins entered his sophomore season facing even loftier expectations. While he may have been overshadowed by Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, Wiggins showed improvement, raising his scoring average by nearly four points per game and shooting a hair under 46 percent from the field. As was the case during his rookie year, Wiggins was more volatile from beyond the arc, closing the season shooting just 30 percent from three-point range on 2.3 attempts per game. However, he was much better over the second half of the season, converting at a 41.3 percent clip after the All-Star break, compared to just 24.4 percent before. Still, considering his physical gifts and high-profile status, Wiggins has yet to play to ascend to the level most expected when he entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick in 2014. Consistency has seemingly been Wiggins’ primary issue. While he recorded 10 30-point games last season, he had 33 games of fewer than 20 points, somewhat of a concerning number from a fantasy perspective for a player who doesn’t put up gaudy assist or rebounding numbers. That said, Wiggins is still very much an unfinished product, and he could hit a new phase in his development as Tom Thibodeau takes over for Sam Mitchell as head coach. Wiggins would be a very profitable middle-round fantasy player if he replicates his 2015-16 season, but if he makes the leap many around the league have been waiting for, he could return third or fourth-round value.
Wiggins was the first-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft but was dealt from Cleveland to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade last summer. All he did after was average 16.9 points, 2.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 0.6 blocks per game en route to Rookie of the Year honors. Expected to be more of a defensive contributor than offensive in his first campaign, Wiggins benefited from a robust 36 minutes played in his rookie season, allowing him to be an excellent source of scoring for fantasy owners. His percentages still leave a bit to be desired (43 percent from the field, 31 percent from three-point-range, and 75 percent from the free-throw line), but those are still solid considering Wiggins is only 20 years old. Now firmly locked in as the Timberwolves' franchise player, Wiggins has tremendous upside due to his role, athletic ability, and improving supporting cast. It's also worth noting that Wiggins was phenomenal after the All-Star break, averaging 20.0 points in his final 29 games. If he can continue his development, particularly by improving his three-point shooting (0.5 three-pointers per game in 2014-15), Wiggins boasts perhaps the most upside of any young player in the NBA this season.
Andrew Wiggins came to Minnesota as part of the trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland. One of the most hyped prospects in recent memory, Wiggins will get to grow with the Timberwolves who hope that he is the next superstar wing. The Canadian-born forward spent one year at Kansas, where he averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. Wiggins showed off incredible athleticism and a nose for the ball in college. He could be an excellent offensive rebounder for his position. While he hit just 34 percent of his three-pointers, he has fluid form and should improve from long range as he matures. Other than his currently inconsistent perimeter shot, Wiggins also lacks ball-handling skills, and he tends to drift in games (highlighted by his four-point effort as Kansas lost to Stanford in the NCAA tournament). He scored at least 20 points four times last season, including 41 points in a loss to West Virginia on March 8. Wiggins' point production may be spotty as a rookie, but he will get plenty of playing time and should be matched up defensively against the opponent's top scorer. The rookie may not be able to live up to the hype bestowed upon him, but he should be a quality player who could grow into a superstar.
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Dishes out 10 assists
FGolden State Warriors
March 4, 2020
Wiggins registered 22 points (9-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 116-100 win at Denver.
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Full line in loss to Wizards
FGolden State Warriors
March 2, 2020
Wiggins scored 27 points (9-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 8-11 FT) to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes during Sunday's 124-110 loss to the Wizards.
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Cleared to play Saturday
FGolden State Warriors
February 29, 2020
Wiggins (back) is available for Saturday's game against the Suns.
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Likely to play Saturday vs. Suns
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February 28, 2020
Wiggins (back) is probable for Saturday's game against the Suns.
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Won't play Thursday
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February 27, 2020
Wiggins won't play in Thursday's contest against the Lakers due to an upper back injury.
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