NBA All-Star voting opened up Thursday and its time to get the campaigns churning. Andrew Wiggins, the lone reason why Minnesotans #GetWiggy on Wednesdays, has a small chance of being an All-Star this season with his outstanding performance. We here at The Timber Rebuilder wanted to kick of the ‘Andrew Wiggins 2016 All-Star’ campaign with 9 reasons why you should vote for Andrew Wiggins.
1) He Won Rookie Of the Year Last Year: Wiggins came into his rookie year with high expectations and he ultimately met them. The critics are still out on what kind of player Wiggins will become, but he took home the ROTY honors in a highly-touted draft class. That said, winning Rookie of the Year doesn’t constitute an All-Star appearance, but wanted to give you a hint of where this article is going…
2) He Always Looks like He just Woke Up: I have to imagine if I asked Andrew Wiggins what his hobbies are outside of basketball, he would pick at his hair and respond,”I don’t know… Sleeping?’ The dude always looks like he hopped off a couch after a two-hour nap. Imagine him under the bright lights right after a nap?
3) His Nickname is 🍁Maple Jordan🍁: Wiggins has always had lofty expectations since high school, but to be called ‘Maple Jordan’ is pretty big. Wiggins is the golden-child of Canada, in which he is always representing. Many thought Wiggins would be the second coming, which no one believes as true, but he has shown great talent on both ends of the court. ‘Maple Jordan’ seems to fit though, since Wiggins is a watered-down version of MJ, as Canada is a watered-down version of the US. Beyond the Canada/ United States beef, The All-Star Game will be hosted in Toronto, which could be a potential homecoming for Wiggins. Bringing the Maple Jordan home should be just as much of a priority for Wolves fans as it is for Raptors fans and Canadian Nationalists.
4) He Already Has a Signature Resting Pose: If you’ve caught any Wolves games, you’ve seen Wiggins’ resting pose. Every elite player from Kobe to MJ have one. Jordan and Kobe had more predator type poses. But Wiggins’ fits his personality with the literal ‘hands on my hips’ pose:
One time for the one handed resting pose:
5) He Dunks on People. Wiggins has been dunking on people and taking names. Many people give Zach LaVine credit for being the dunk champ but thats when no one is playing defense. Wiggins has given it to some of the best rim protectors in the league. Enjoy a few vines:
Here is Wiggins Dunking on Millsap earlier this season. Look at where Wiggins takes off from though? Dominique Wilkins was proud.
Aron Baynes was posterized but then seemingly acted like nothing happened. Usually the best course-of-action when being dunked on.
Going back to last season, Andrew Wiggins poses in the air for cameras as he posterizes Omer Asik. Asik’s career has been on a downwards slope since.
France, meet Canada. Who knows what kind of French rhetoric was exchanged when the Stieffel Tower got dunked on. But this is definitely the best one.
6) He Nearly Dunks on People. Had Wiggins finished this dunk on Hassan Whiteside, it probably would’ve been the dunk of the season. But the poster turned out alright. Imagine if Wiggins could potentially dunk on Whiteside in the All Star game…
7) He is Top 10 in Clutch Scoring: Wiggins is 9th in the NBA in clutch scoring, averaging 3.6 points per game in clutch situations. Who is ahead of Wiggins? Steph Curry, LeBron James, James Harden, Reggie Jackson, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kevin Durant, and John Wall, respectively. The difference between Wiggins and the rest of this group? Wiggins has played in 3 or more games than anyone above him. He has consistently found himself in situations where he is relied on to be clutch. And he consistently shows up. Wiggins also happens to be at least 5 years younger than any of them.
8) His Draft Day Smile: Does this get old?
If he was this happy on draft night, think of the happiness he will have if voted into the All-Star game. Wiggins will look like the kid in elementary school who let off a stink bomb and got away with it.
9) Flip Saunders Would be Proud: Wiggins is currently averaging 21 points per game and a big reason why the Wolves have improved this season. Flip traded All-Star Kevin Love to bring in Andrew, which put a lot of pressure on Saunders. Saunders needed to prove to the world that Wiggins would not be a bust and could be an integral piece of turning this franchise around. You have to imagine if Flip were still with us he would be proud of what Wiggins is becoming. It would also make Flip incredibly proud if Andrew Wiggins became an All-Star in his second year.
So if you made it this far you are probably thinking one of two things: ‘I can’t believe I got through all 9 reasons’ or ‘The Timber Rebuilder is hilarious’. If you felt differently that either, please comment below with how you felt.
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