Wiggins isn’t ready for the NBA just yet

As hard as it is for me to say after all the hype that has surrounded Andrew Wiggins, there is no way that he is ready for the NBA game right now.

The comparisons to LeBron James and being the best player in the last 10 years are just way far-reaching.

Although Wiggins is as impressive as they come as an athlete, he is nowhere near polished enough to be ready to step in and contribute in the NBA game.

Most nights he barely makes a difference for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Wiggins is far too passive for somebody who supposed to be that good.  He doesn’t make himself available in big spots and disappears on the offensive end of the floor far too often.  He goes long stretches without even getting touches.

Watching him again tonight, it’s clear to see that he doesn’t really want the ball in big spots to take the big shots.   Maybe it’s just me, but there is no way a coach would allow that to happen if he were as dominant as he is supposed to be.

Although there’s still plenty of time left in the college basketball season, Wiggins needs to show a lot more for any NBA team to warrant taking him with the first pick in the draft.

I know it’s not the first time somebody has said this about Wiggins but, he seems to lack the killer instinct needed to be great.

If he was as good as advertised, then the Kansas offense would run through him in a close game like tonight.  Instead, he is almost nonexistent.  How else do you explain the fact that Wiggins shot just eight shots from the floor in 30 minutes of play?

Obviously the Villanova defense had something to do with that, but if you’re the star that they say you are you can overcome any defense that is put in front of you.

I don’t recall the last time I saw a player like James or Kevin Durant have a performance like that.  I know those comparisons are just outlandish but those are the level of guys he continually gets compared to so that is who I will base it off of.

I’m almost shocked that the hype around Wiggins hasn’t died down more at this point.  Although the upside is definitely there, it may be years if ever before Wiggins reaches the lofty stature of those he has been compared to for so long.

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One comment

  1. I am a KU alum and I watch every game. I agree with your assessment, and I really think the NBA is getting way too speculative in their drafting of players if this is their #1 guy. However, the potential is there for greatness. Some of the comparisons have been ridiculous, but if I were to compare him to an NBA great, I would say George Gervin.

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