Are you familiar with Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins yet? We're guessing you are. But if not…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! GET TO KNOW THE GREATEST PLAYER TO EVER PICK UP A BASKETBALL IMMEDIATELY! HE'S GOING TO BE BIGGER THAN LEBRON! BIGGER THAN KD! BIGGER THAN—GASP—MICHAEL JORDAN! SERIOUSLY! THE GUY IS GOING TO BE THE G.O.A.T.! HE'S GOING TO…
Hold up. Isn't he still in, um, college? Yes, yes he is. So he wants everyone that is currently comparing him to LeBron James and Kevin Durant and whoever else to STFU for the next year or two and let him develop into whatever he's going to develop into and then revisit the LeBron and KD comparisons. And he's not just asking for people to stop making the comparisons in a "C'mon, guys, I'm not really that great...right?" kind of way either. He genuinely wants people to stop putting him in the same sentence as NBA superstars.
"I've got a long way to go before I can be compared to LeBron and Durant," he said earlier this week. "Those are the best players in the world right now and I'm still in college. So I think it's really unfair to compare me to someone of that caliber. Hopefully one day I can be compared to them, but I think I still have a long way to go before I can be."
Is that going to stop people (like us!) from singing Wiggins' praises? Probably not. But it is a remarkably mature approach for him to take. He realizes that he can be on LeBron and KD's level one day, but he also realizes that he's not there yet. And as long as he remembers that, we think his career will work out just fine.
In the meantime, stop comparing him to every NBA great ever and let him live. He may be a superstar one day. But for now, he's still just a college kid.
[via Pro Basketball Talk]