|Full Name:||Andrew Wiggins|
|Place of Birth:||Toronto, Ontario|
|Parents:||Mitchell Wiggins and Martia Payne-Wiggins|
Andrew Wiggins Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career
Andrew Christian Wiggins is a professional basketball player from Canada, who plays small forward for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.
Wiggins is a former No. 1 overall draft pick and has been a part of multiple trades of historical significance in recent NBA history. He is also one of many young Canadian players causing excitement among basketball fans in Canada.
Andrew Wiggins Basketball Career
Andrew Wiggins started his high school career in Canada, going to Vaughan Secondary School in Ontario. He played two seasons there, with his sophomore year seeing him lead the team to a 44-1 mark and a province title. Looking for a higher level of competition and more exposure to take his career to the next level, Wiggins finished high school in the United States at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
A gifted scorer, Wiggins averaged over 23 points per game in each of his two seasons at Huntington Prep, averaging 2.6 blocks per game over his two seasons there as well. In his final high school season, Wiggins was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, as well as the Gatorade National Player of the Year. He was rated as a five-star recruit by ESPN and was the top recruit in his class.
Wiggins chose to go to the Kansas Jayhawks to play his college basketball under Bill Self. He averaged over 17 points per game in his lone season with the Jayhawks and made it deep into the selection processes for both the Wooden Award and the Naismith award for the best player in college basketball during his only collegiate season.
Alongside Joel Embiid, Kansas earned a two-seed in the NCAA Tournament in Wiggins’ only trip to the big dance. But an injury to Embiid and a four-point performance in the second round saw the Jayhawks get upset by 10-seed Stanford before they could reach the Sweet 16. After the loss to Stanford saw his season end, Wiggins announced that he would be entering the NBA Draft.
Andrew Wiggins was selected with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wiggins was then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves before he could play a single game alongside LeBron James with the Cavs. He and Anthony Bennett were sent from Cleveland to the Wolves as part of a three-team trade that sent Kevin Love to the Cavs.
Unfortunately for Wiggins, the trade robbed him of the ability to play in the playoffs right away, as the Cavs were in the NBA Finals regularly with Love and James leading them. But things weren’t all bad for the Canadian, as he earned rookie of the year honors in his first season in Minnesota. Wiggins averaged 16.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 stls and 0.6 bpg in 36.2 mpg in his award-winning first season.
The next season, Wiggins was paired with Karl-Anthony Towns, who was drafted first overall by the Timberwolves. For the first time since the Kevin Garnett era, the Wolves had hope that they could rebuild successfully under the two young stars. However, the Timberwolves failed to live up to expectations with Wiggins and Towns, as they only qualified for the playoffs one time with that duo. That was in the 2017-2018 season, where the Wolves lost 4-1 in the first round to the Houston Rockets, with Wiggins only hitting 60% of his free throws in that series.
That isn’t to say that Wiggins’ time with the Timberwolves wasn’t without its highlights. He got his first career triple-double with the Wolves in January of 2020, putting up 18 points, 10 reb and 11 ast against the Toronto Raptors. He also set a career-high of 47 points in a single game as a member of the Wolves, showing flashes of brilliance during his tenure in Minnesota.
In February of 2020, the Golden State Warriors sent D’Angelo Russell and two other players to the Wolves in exchange for Wiggins and two draft picks. The trade gave Wiggins a chance to join forces with former unanimous MVP Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and to compete with the Lakers and Clippers in a loaded Pacific division.
Wiggins has also represented Canada on their national team in the past, leading them to the bronze in the 2015 FIBA AmeriCup, while Canada hopes to see him in the Olympic games in the future.
Andrew Wiggins Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings
Andrew Wiggins signed a five-year max contract extension with Minnesota in 2017. He has amassed $77 million in career earnings from his NBA contracts to this point in his career and is owed another $94 million during the final three years of his contract.
He has endorsement deals with FitBit and Adidas under his belt as well.
Andrew Wiggins Personal Life
Andrew Wiggins was born in Toronto, Ontario to Marita Payne-Wiggins and former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins. He has two brothers, Nick and Mitchell Jr., as well as three sisters, Stephanie, Angelica and Taya. At this point, Wiggins does not have a relationship that is known about, nor does he have any children.
Awards & Achievements
Andrew Wiggins Quotes
- On where he plays in his career: “I just want to play for a team that wants me.”
- On how he sees himself: “I’m a chill guy, a very normal guy.”
- On front office matters/coaching searches: “I’m a basketball player. No matter what they do, my job is just to go out there, and that’s what I’m going to do. I can’t control what happens.”
Andrew Wiggins Fun Facts
- Wiggins has yet to have a season where his field goal percentage was under 40% as a pro.
- Both of Wiggins’ parents were student-athletes at Florida State, with his mother running track and his father playing basketball.
- His brother Nick was a member of a Wichita State team that went undefeated in the regular season during his time there.
- Wiggins’ favorite player growing up was Allen Iverson.
- He refuses to compete in dunk contests after losing a dunk contest in high school.
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