While it isn’t exactly a secret that the Sixers and Andrew Wiggins appear to have mutual interest, during his three-day visit to Philadelphia, Wiggins was careful to say that he believes he could perform just as well on the Cavaliers or Bucks, as he could on the Sixers.
Despite averaging over 17 points per game and six assists per contest in his freshman year in college, scouts still have concerns about whether Wiggins’ elite athleticism will translate to All-Star production at the NBA level.
Via ESPN the Magazine
“He’s an elite athlete and a great on-ball defender,” said the scout. “I think he will be a very good shooter in the NBA. I have questions about his ball-handling and his ability to get past defenders in our league in the halfcourt. I’m also not sold on his basketball IQ. He does some of the same moves a lot of the time and didn’t make the right reads against defenses. The other major concern I have is whether he has a killer instinct and whether he can be a star.”
I think the whole ‘killer instinct’ thing is extremely overrated. Not only do I think that you can develop it in some senses, but if you play well enough early in the game, having or not having it, doesn’t come into effect.
Still, as a shooter Wiggins is very raw. Offensively, I don’t think that there are any questions that Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid are more NBA-ready on the offensive side of things. I also don’t think that there are any questions that if Embiid can stay healthy, that Wiggins might be the most likely of the three to be a bust.
The intrigue with Wiggins comes with the fact that he wasn’t the overwhelming college player that many anticipated he would be, and his numbers still look rather impressive. If he can become a better shooter, than maybe his nearly 45 percent shooting percentage climbs to a much more impressive 47 or 48 percent, in time. If that happens, one would think he could average close to 25 points per game. And his defensive wingspan, mixed with that of Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams, would set the Sixers up to be a very scary defense.
Even with the work that needs to be done, Wiggins told ESPN the Magazine that he is very comfortable with his NBA future, even after hearing somewhat critical scouting reports of him.
“I think I’ll be a star wherever I go. That’s just how confident I am in my ability.”
[H/T to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal]