The 22-year-old native of Vaughan, son of former NBAer Mitchell Wiggins and Canadian Olympian Marita Payne, has finally signed a five-year contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves that is worth a reported $148 million (U.S.).
Wiggins averaged career highs of 23.6 points and 2.3 assists per game last season.
Although there are some concerns about his play on the defensive end of the floor, Wiggins has developed into a dependable scorer that could be a huge piece in turning the Timberwolves into a powerhouse in the Western Conference. Wiggins, still just 22 years old, has had his critics dating all the way back to his one season in Lawrence, Kansas, and carried over to his National Basketball Association days with the Wolves.
Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in action during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 8, 2017 in Shanghai, China. "We've got to be better".
Per the Timberwolves, only three players scored more points before their 22nd birthday: LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.
It's easy to see why the T-Wolves opened the vault for Wiggins. "Andrew is among the elite young talents in our league and the sky is the limit for him. We look forward to watching his development in the coming years".