The Minnesota Timberwolves still believe in Andrew Wiggins despite his disappointing season.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor appeared onon Friday and defended Wiggins against detractors who argued that the 23-year-old Canadian swingman should be traded this summer.
“I just think you want to take a person and not give up on them when they’re that young, no matter what. I just think you have to be really careful not to give up on him,” Taylor said.
“You can look at a lot of players, and it took them three or four years to get better, and they keep getting better from the experience and the confidence. I don’t see why Andrew won’t be one of those people because he has such natural ability.”
Wiggins took a step back last season as he struggled to adjust to the addition of Jimmy Butler. He averaged 17.7 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting from the field, his free-throw attempts dropped dramatically, and his poor defense remained a point of contention. Butlertook issue with Wiggins’ approach to the game.
To make matters worse for Minnesota, Wiggins inked a five-year extension worth $150 million that will kick in next season. Taylor told the press last season that he expected Wiggins to improve, but he regressed, and now the Timberwolves will face a difficult cap situation with both Karl-Anthony Towns and Butler due for hefty raises in the coming seasons.
Nevertheless, Taylor remains confident in the former No. 1 overall pick, who was the crown jewel in thetrade.
“I had expectations of him that to be much better this year, I think the adjustment with Jimmy coming in has taken a little time, but certainly someone of his caliber can make those adjustments and play better. I know that’s Andrew’s goal too, so we’ll see what he does this summer.”
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