Andrew Wiggins‘ five-year max contract kicks in this season — $25.5 million this season, $148 million total — and he has not lived up to the payday, his game regressing each of the past two seasons, ever since he signed the contract. This season he’s averaging 16.6 points per game and taking and making a few more threes a night, but inside the arc he’s struggling, his 49.3 true shooting percentage is woeful, he has been a below average player who has frustrated teammates, coaches, and fans. Heck, he even forgot to put his jersey on before Friday’s game.
In that game against the Hawks Wiggins shot 5-of-12 from the free throw line, drawing a few boos from the fans in the Target Center. Wiggins’ response was to take a shot at the fans, via the USA Today.
“That’s fans for you. We’ve got some (expletive) fans and we’ve got some good fans. That’s just how it works,” Wiggins said.
Wiggins is not winning the crowd over. Not that he cares.
For the record, Wiggins is shooting 71.7 percent from the free throw line, this was just an off night in an aspect of his game. There just seem to be a lot of those.
Karl-Anthony Towns is the future of the Timberwolves, but if this franchise is going not only return to the playoffs but also return to “team on the rise” status it needs Wiggins to be the No. 2 player he is being paid to be, not a replacement level (or below) guy. We only see elite Wiggins in flashes, and if that doesn’t change this is not the last time he will hear boos.