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This photo shows you why Andrew Wiggins likely goes No. 1

May 15, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

Andrew Wiggins (@22wiggins), no #NBACombinenecessary… #Bounce #P3 #SportsScience #RafterClu

You cannot teach that.

Andrew Wiggins skipped the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, which for him is no big deal (much like top NFL prospects skipping that combine). Teams drafting in the top three that get to work out Wiggins will give him physicals, do interviews and put him in game-like situations to see him play. That will matter far more than how he might have run a shuttle drill at the combine.

Wiggins is likely the No. 1 pick.

He’s got some work to do, but PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacson of NBADraftblog.com and Rotoworld has him at the top of his board and described Wiggins this way.

The most-heralded freshman in a class full of them, Wiggins showed why people have been raving about him for a few years. The expectations may have been a bit high, but when Wiggins was able to show his athleticism and skill in action, it was guaranteed to have people talking. His play could be inconsistent, but he impressed when he had chances. There was concern about his jumper heading into the season, but it looked fine, and he showed range to the NBA three-point line. Wiggins’ defensive skills are often underplayed, but he is capable of guarding multiple positions and can be a pest on the perimeter.

Plus, you can’t teach that kind of athleticism.

 

  1. money2long - May 15, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Take him number 1 !!!!!

    • chicagosports2014 - May 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      If he go #1 the GM should be fired lolz

      • mytthor - May 18, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        Good thing you’re not the GM of any of the lottery teams.

  2. muathjam21 - May 15, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Tremendous athlete, shaky makeup. I agree he likely goes #1, though.

  3. haaaaasoooooo - May 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Fear the deer!

  4. antistratfordian - May 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    It’s gotta be the shoes.

  5. asimonetti88 - May 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    that is just crazy hops… I like how he improved over the course of the season… shows he is a hard worker

    • apkyletexas - May 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      That’s nothing. I can touch the ceiling in a couple of the rooms in my house. Downstairs bathroom – I can totally touch the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom.

  6. readysethike - May 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    this was Gerald Green coming out of highschool and look how long it took him to pan out. hopefully he can show more then just athleticism when he gets in the league

    • borderline1988 - May 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Gerald Green had hops, but hops isn’t everything.

      This guy is much more explosive when attacking the rim. An explosive first step, one dribble, and then he’s at the rim before help can arrive (just like Westbrook). Gerald Green does not have the quickness. The quickness is probably more important than the hops because all of these elite athletes aren’t going to have problems finishing around the rim. But Wiggins can beat his man at will, even when the defender knows he’s going right. Amare Stoudemire was the same when he wsa younger. Just too quick to guard one on one.

      Wiggins has all the tools, just needs to tighten up his game. Gerald Green was nowhere near what Wiggins is

  7. chicitybulls - May 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    I’ll take Parker everyday and twice on Sundays.

    • antistratfordian - May 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Parker is only a good option because you can pay him in Twinkies.

      • chicitybulls - May 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Spoken like a true ignoramus.

      • chicagosports2014 - May 16, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Parker’s don’t come around to often but but players like Higgins come out every year!👍

      • antistratfordian - May 16, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Rod Higgins?

        Parker is going to have problems getting his shots off in the pros as a primary scoring option. He shot 47% in college? That’s going to drop to about 40% at the next level. He’s too tubby and not athletic enough to get the separation he needs.

  8. 1historian - May 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Incredible picture – athleticism over the top by a mile.

    But the guy is 6’8 195 lbs. How’s he gonna do down close? Parker is 40 lbs heavier and not quite as athletic but it Wiggins puts on 40 lbs will he lose some of that athleticism?

    Wiggins goes up like that and makes some dude a poster that dude is gonna be waiting for him when he comes down, and it ain’t gonna be nice.

    • duhwighthoward - May 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Kevin Durant is almost 7 feet tall and weighs a buck fifty. How’s he doing?

      • zoomy123 - May 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        What the h@ll are you smoking? Kevin Durant 150?! He’s 215 pounds with WAY more skill than Andrew Wiggins has ever shown.

  9. csbanter - May 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Somehow the Lakers or Celtics will end up with the number 1 pick. It’s the NBA way.

    • ranfan12 - May 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      well they are long overdue lol

    • asimonetti88 - May 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      right? Like that time the Celtics won the lottery and drafted Tim Duncan? Or the other time they won and got Kevin Durant? Or the time the Lakers won the lottery and drafted Andrew Bogut?

  10. uscoach - May 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Looks totally relaxed at the top of the jump.

    Anyone know how high it is?

    • ranfan12 - May 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      cant find measurements, but i think there’s a good chance hes in the 40s if not the usual 35s lol

    • ranfan12 - May 15, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      really good chance of 40s

  11. progress2011 - May 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    NO-FAIR ! Calling my Momma TODAY!!!

    Pops is cool and smart BUT she shoulda married somebody more athletic!!!

    Hahahahaha

  12. mackcarrington - May 15, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Is there any documented evidence that you can’t teach someone to jump like that?

    • bougin89 - May 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      You could spend years training to jump like that and not be able to do it. Especially when you’re 6’8. How many 6’8 “people” would you even consider trying to train to jump like that?

    • mackcarrington - May 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      It’s a joke, son. It’s just a joke.

      • bougin89 - May 16, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        I caught that pretty much right after I replied.

  13. tmatic74 - May 15, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Let’s go Sixers!!!

  14. longtallsam - May 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    No…all the picture shows, is that he can jump really well.

  15. naterich21 - May 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Based off his height, I’m guessing his standing vertical can get his elbow to the rim.

  16. 00maltliquor - May 16, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Andrew Wiggins SUUUCKS. He needs to drop down to #6 pick in the draft. You’d be a fool if you drafted him higher!

    • willkill4caffeine - May 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      says the guy who probably thinks his team will wind up picking at 6

      • 00maltliquor - May 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Ahhh you’re catching on! You figured out my motive lol!

  17. ranfan12 - May 16, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    had him and jabari parker confused. couldn’t figure out why people were saying positive things.

  18. lakerade - May 16, 2014 at 4:42 AM

    C’mon Silver, time to pay the piper. #frozenenvelope

    • 00maltliquor - May 16, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      That would be ooh soo lovely! I’d cream myself if we could get Wiggy with it! No homo (lol! )

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