Future Outlook Part II: Andrew Wiggins

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Part II

In Part I of our look into the Bucks future, we saw how Joel Embiid forced changes to the frontcourt. That story and the rules of this series can be found here.

So, then, without further ado, let’s dive into #2 on my big board: Andrew Wiggins.

Andrew Wiggins, 6-8, 200 lbs. – Freshman, Kansas

Andrew Wiggins has the physical capabilities to be something special, like LeBron special (or Marvin Williams special…).

At 6-8, he looks like he will be able to play either the two or the three in the NBA. Coming into college, his athleticism was highly touted but there was room for improvement with basketball skills. He was a poor ball handler and only an average shooter. The ball handling thing is still a work in progress, though he has shown an uncanny ability to get the rim at ease mostly by using his athletic ability. The shooting has come along way. He’s currently shooting a respectable 34% from long range and has shown he can fire from even deeper. I also like how quick he gets his shot off, that all should transition well to the NBA game. He’s a creator as a slasher, and shows signs of improvements as a creator with a jumpshot.

Wiggins is a phenomenal defensive player when he wants to be. He will definitely be able to hold his own against NBA twos and threes, especially if he adds even more muscle to his frame. His effort is a question though, as pointed out by our own Ted Davis in an interview with WSSP.

The question the Bucks need to ask themselves about Wiggins is whether or not they see him projecting as a two or three in the NBA. If he’s a two, he actually fits quite nicely with the current roster without much of a shakeup at all. If he’s a three, well then things get a little logjammed again. See for yourself.

PG: Brandon Knight, Nate Wolters

SG: Andrew Wiggins, OJ Mayo

SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Carlos Delfino, Khris Middleton

PF: Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson

C: Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia, Miroslav Raduljica

A starting five of Knight, Wiggins, Gio, Ilyasova, and Sanders is a solid defensive unit that can score in a variety of ways. Wiggins, Knight, and Ilyasova can spread the floor and anything Gio gives you from outside is a plus. Knight, Wiggins, and Gio can all score off the dribble. Ideally, you want to stay away from a HORNS offense and run a sort of 4-out-1-in to allow Knight, Wiggins, and Gio to create and kick to a shooter.

Defensively, a young lineup of Knight, Wiggins, Gio, Henson, and Sanders is SCARY LONG and might be illegal in some states. That could be a ton of fun to watch.

If Wiggins doesn’t project as a two but rather a three, you probably have to consider moving Gio around and trading a power forward (Ilyasova or Henson). Unfortunately, I think you limit Giannis’ strengths by using him as a four, and subject him to some abuse on the defensive end. As a post defender, Giannis isn’t bad, he’s just not scary. As a stretch four offensively he’ll be fine, but then you better hope Sanders can score you points from the block. A plus to moving Gio to the four spot would be an increase in rebounds and therefore and increase in Giannis breaks.

That future starting five (Knight, Wiggins, Giannis, Sanders) is in need of another guard, the same problem we ran into with the Embiid pick. With John Henson now expendable, we could trade him for the already consistent trade bait that is Ben McLemore, a deal I hoped to see before the deadline.

Trying to trade Ilyasova gets trickier. His salary is more difficult to match, and his value is even harder to gauge. I won’t even attempt an Ersan deal, you guys can offer your suggestions in the comments.

An potential roster with Andrew Wiggins could be:

PG: Knight, Wolters

SG: Andrew Wiggins, OJ Mayo

SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Carlos Delfino, Khris Middleton

PF: Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson

C: Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia, Miroslav Raduljica

This would give the Bucks two potential All-Stars in Giannis and Wiggins, a chance to retain their youth and a lot of cap flexibility.

Topics: 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Bucks Draft

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