Andrew Wiggins to face Cavs, LeBron
We’ve already heard an NBA legend by the name of Kobe Bryant sees some similarities between a younger version of himself and rookie Andrew Wiggins.
So perhaps we should’ve seen more comparisons for the one-and-done Kansas product coming.
Do we really need a detailed breakdown to determine whether Wiggins is better right now than LeBron James was when he was a rookie?
|YOUNG LeBRON VS. YOUNG WIGGINS||PPG||RPG||APG||TOPG||FG%||3-PT%||FT%|
|LeBron James at 19
(2003-04: rookie season, 79 games)
|Andrew Wiggins at 19
(2014-15: rookie season, through 26 games)
However, the power of the Internet and the folks at ESPN.com have provided just that. David Thorpe gives in-depth analysis of the future Hall of Famer, James, as a 19-year-old, and the future who-knows-exactly-what-he’ll-turn-out-to-be, Wiggins, on ESPN Insider.
Obviously, as Thorpe details, Wiggins isn’t as powerful as James was back in the 2002-03 season, nor does the Minnesota rookie possess LeBron’s ball-handling and distributing skills.
The breakdown did give Wiggins the advantage defensively, and as a shooter, though — which serves as a nice reminder that, despite what we heard when he was in high school, the young Canadian simply projects as a different type of player than the guy who is better at basketball than anyone else on the planet. And that’s OK.
There at least is a method to this maddening exercise. Wiggins and James will play against each other for the first time Tuesday night — 6 p.m., NBATV.
Not only does this give Wiggins a chance to go up against LeBron, it also allows the No. 1 overall pick to face the team that drafted him and traded him away before the season began.
As Wiggins said in a piece for Timberwolves.com, facing Cleveland should motivate him — “I think that’s obvious,” he added.
Since scoring 16 points against the L.A. Lakers and drawing Kobe’s praises, Wiggins hasn’t broken the 10-point barrier in three straight games, scoring 9 at Washington, 5 at Boston and 5 again vs. Indiana.
We’ll see how he responds for this one, with far more observers anticipating the matchup and waiting to make more comparisons.
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