Today it's been reported that Andrew Wiggins is "unhappy" being the third-option for the Timberwolves behind Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Andrew Wiggins is reportedly unhappy with his role as the Wolves' third offensive option behind shooting guard Jimmy Butler and center Karl-Anthony Towns.
On Wednesday, Darren Wolfson of KSTP (via 1500 ESPN Twin Cities' Derek James) said Wiggins has "whispered to teammates" about being discontent with his place within the squad.
Let me start by saying that the T-Wolves are my #1 squad and have been since the moment A-Wiggins landed in Minnesota, so this news makes me uneasy.
Andrew Wiggins has been a good player through his first 3 seasons, and has seen a dip in his production this season due to the team acquiring Jimmy Butler this offseason. However, Wiggins has not still reached his full potential. He needs to pick up his defense, and he needs to work on distributing the ball and attacking the basket for rebounds, because when it comes down to it, Andrew Wiggins is one of the greatest athletes in the league, and he needs to start showing it.
Above all, Wiggins needs to realize that his team his winning BECAUSE of the fact that Jimmy Buckets and KAT are playing so well. Jimmy Butler had his name in the MVP conversation before his injury (and before it became basically a lock for Harden), and Towns is producing at a very high level.
Wiggins has struggled this season in part because of his refusal to abandon his ISO game, and work into the offense a little more. Although his ISO game is where he excels because he's simply too athletic to be guarded 1-on-1, but he needs to use that for his strengths, and not force shots.
I need A-Wig to get on board with the system, and buy-in full force. He could be an incredible third-option behind JimmyB and KAT, he just needs to attempt to adapt his game to the style of play that Minnesota has gone with, because the Timberwolves can become a serious juggernaut in the West for years to come if they grown into the talent they have.