Don't look now, but Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is starting to play really well. The 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick has been criticized for his unflashy style of play in the past, but over the last few games, the former Kansas Jayhawk is slowly beginning to live up to the ridiculous expectations that have weighing down on him for the past couple seasons.
Now, we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves; Wiggins is currently averaging 14.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 1.5 APG. The season-long numbers aren't eye-popping by any means. However, Wiggins is now finding his groove among the professionals. Since scoring 27 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 23, Wiggins has scored below 20 points just once. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves have lost every single game during that stretch (and the five before that), but we can't put that on Wiggins' feet, especially not after the game that he had versus the Suns yesterday.
Check out the video above to watch the full highlights from Wiggins' impressive showing against Phoenix last night. You'll see a number of silky jumpers, a few thundering slams, one extremely nice spin move, and a bulldog steal in the paint. Most important, you see a Wiggins who doesn't look as "passive" as so many sports columnists and pundits have come to characterize him. If Wiggins had nailed that jumper at the horn (jump to the 3:25 mark), SportsCenter would be replaying the highlight until next Wednesday. Is it a bummer that he missed it? Yeah. However, just because Wiggins narrowly missed out on the chance to ice his first buzzer-beater, it doesn't necessarily mean that we should expect him to whiff on the next.
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