Andrew Wiggins, Rookie of the Year
Timberwolves fans received one more silver lining to the 16-66 season when the league announced Wednesday that Andrew Wiggins would be named Rookie of the Year. Wiggins is the first player in the Wolves 26-year franchise history to win ROY honors.
The Wolves held a press conference Thursday afternoon to make the announcement.
At 20 years old, Wiggins led all rookies per game in points, minutes, field goals and free throws while being the only roster member to play in every single game. In 11 of the 15 final games of the season, Wiggins scored 20+ points per game.
The Twitter world reacted to the news Wednesday. Here are a couple top tweets from the day:
Congrats @22wiggins on NBA Rookie of the Year! It's going to be fun watching you play here in MN for a long time!!— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) April 29, 2015
Andrew Wiggins gets Rookie of the Year and the Cavs rented Kevin Love for 1 regular season (Yes that includes Boston in round 1)... #Fail— Ty (@Tylers2Tweets) April 30, 2015
I'd Like to See the Wolves Get the No. 2 Pick
When I told David last week that I wanted to write about the benefit of getting the No. 2 pick over the No. 1 pick, he told me it might classify as a "don't read the comment section special." He's probably right. But here I go anyway ...
In all honesty, I think most Timberwolves fans are not expecting the team to come away with the No. 1 pick in this year's lottery. Will any of us be surprised if New York draws that slot? I doubt it. But I would be okay with that, and here's why: I would actually rather see Minnesota pick second.
It's highly likely that Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns will go No. 1 and No. 2 in the 2015 NBA Draft. There is some debate as to who will go first, as both athletes hold a huge level of upside, but each has a different skill set. The team that picks first will be faced with that decision; if the "wrong" choice is made, that's all anyone will talk about. Look at how many No. 1 picks have not panned out over the years:
Pervis Ellison, 1989
Glenn Robinson, 1994
Joe Smith, 1995
Michael Olowokandi, 1998
Kwame Brown, 2001
Greg Oden, 2007
And while some may say it's too early to say this, I would add Anthony Bennett to that list as well. Granted, several No. 1 picks turn out amazing, i.e. Wiggins. Call it a hunch, or maybe it's just emotions from past Wolves' Draft experiences, but I have a bad feeling about watching them having to decide between the two. I would much rather see Minnesota end up with the second pick, an obvious choice in reach, and hope the No. 2 guy will have a lot to prove.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
With the sequel just around the corner, I have to recommend a fun movie that's perfect if you need a carefree flick to make you laugh.
I actually resisted seeing this movie for months after it came out, because I don't typically enjoy "girly" movies. I know a large part of my audience here is male, so bear with me. All my friends went to see Pitch Perfect when it came out, and I refused to jump on the bandwagon.
Finally, I gave in, and I didn't regret it for a second. This movie has a trendy soundtrack and music by Pentatonix, and the film is packed full of one-liners that will leave you rolling. I even convinced my Dad to see it, and he said he enjoyed a creative story line and couldn't stop laughing. Check out the trailer below, and happy weekending!