Here’s what should make Minnesota fans happy — Andrew Wiggins put up 18 points on 11 shots in his rookie preseason debut but he didn’t do it with high flying dunks or circus shots, he did it with hustle, smart spacing and knocking down jumpers. Those are the things that sustain a player — the dunks will come, as will the spectacular plays, but if he is making the steady, routine plays the Timberwolves are in a much better spot.
For the record Wiggins had 18 points (4-of-11 shooting, 8-of-10 from the line as he drew fouls when attacking) plus four rebounds, three assists, and three blocks. I would like to see Wiggins finish more inside (his only bucket inside eight feet was the offensive rebound putback in the video above) but that should come with time.
Not flashy, but a very nice debut for the rookie.
By the way, the Pacers beat the Timberwolves 103-90, although few things are as meaningless as the final score of a preseason game.