Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins named NBA’s top rookie

Andrew Wiggins has won the 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Wiggins became the first Minnesota Timberwolves player to win rookie of the year, and he did it in a landslide. He received 110 of 130 first-place votes and had 604 points in the voting. Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic finished second with 14 first-place votes and 335 points; Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel was third.

After a good freshman season at Kansas, Wiggins was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers last summer; he had been a heavily hyped prospect since he was a teenager growing up in Toronto. He lived up to that in his first year in the NBA, emerging as the new centerpiece of a franchise that has not made the playoffs for 11 straight years.

After coming to the Timberwolves in the trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, Wiggins averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games.

He averaged 19.1 points per game after Jan. 1 and in his final 13 games, he had 23.3 points, 3.5 assists and took 10 free throws per game. Saunders said Wiggins represents the kind of perimeter force that all good teams need — a player who can get his own shot when the clock is winding down, one who puts pressure on the defense by getting to the free throw line for easy points.

Written by Zac Porter

Zac Porter

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