As the NBA off-season continues, all of the big news stories and free agency signings seem to be winding down. As someone who mostly writes about the NBA here at WTP, I need to find some way to get some content out. That brings us to what absolutely nobody asked for, but you’re getting it anyways! Welcome to Ty’s Top 50 NBA Players!
Every day for the next 50 days, I am going to be counting down a list of who I believe are the top 50 players in the NBA.
At #42, we have Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins and frankly, I still think I put him too low. Wiggins was the first overall pick in the 2014 draft and since then has averaged 19.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 2.1 APG. However, this past season he had to take a backseat to Jimmy Butler, so only averaged 17.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 2.0 APG. Perhaps the most impressive part about Wiggins is his durability. Over his four year career, Wiggins has only missed one game.
Wiggins is the type of player I really want to see succeed. He was the first player I ever watched high school tapes of when I was growing up. I followed everything that was Andrew Wiggins, just because my friends and I always had his tapes playing on the way to AAU tournaments. I expected the guy to flat out dominate the NBA once he got here, but as I got older I realized that there are actually a ton of good NBA players and it’ll take Wiggins some time to really get going.
The only NBA award that Wiggins has so far is that he was the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year. The best thing that could happen for his career is Butler leaving Minnesota. The year before Butler got there, Wiggins was putting up 23.6 PPG at like twenty years old. Some may say that’s actually good, but those people are crazy according to others on the internet. This past season, Wiggins signed a five year, $148 million extension with the T-Wolves keeping him in Minnesota for the foreseeable future.
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50. Terry Rozier
49. Andre Drummond
48. Jrue Holiday
47. Tobias Harris
46. Eric Gordon
45. DeAndre Jordan
44. Clint Capela
43. Steven Adams