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Will Andrew Wiggins Stay at the Top?

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By now I’m sure you’ve all heard of Andrew Wiggins. He is a Canadian 6-foot-8 small forward who is extremely athletic and possesses a lot of skill. He is a good ball handler, is quick off the dribble and has a variety of hesitation moves and other steps to get around the defense and get to the rim. He also has an ever improving pull-up jumper. That being said, Wiggins isn’t a selfish player. He appears to be just as happy setting up plays for his teammates and taking the attention off himself.

Andrew Wiggins would be the #1 draft pick of 2013 if it wasn’t for the rule passed by the NBA in 2005 forbidding players to be drafted right out of high school. The rule states that players can only enter the draft after their high school class had been graduated for a year. They also have to be 19 years old by the end of the calendar year of that draft. Since he can’t play in the NBA, Wiggins is playing for the Kansas Jayhawks, likely for only one year. As well as taking a year to mature emotionally, playing college ball will also benefit Wiggins to get him physically NBA-ready.

However, some people find this rule to be controversial. Look at it like an internship; another topic there is much debate about for similar reasons. At an internship, you learn valuable skills that will help you later on in life and in your career but you are also helping the company or, in this case, university make money by working without pay. Insisting that players take a year after graduating high school before entering the draft can improve their game but it can also hurt it too. Playing an extra year in college can make an athlete more vulnerable and prone to injury, decreasing their value in the NBA. For example, Nerlens Noel, a 19-year-old power forward from Massachusetts, played for University of Kentucky for a year. In February of 2013, he tore the ACL in his left knee, forcing him to sit out the remainder of the season. Before his injury, it was projected that he would be the 1st overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. His stock wasn’t affected terribly but he did drop from 1st to 6th overall pick after his injury.

By setting this rule in place, players get the opportunity to work on their game and perfect their skills before hitting the big leagues but is it worth them potentially losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars due to injury? What do you think?

Assuming he remains healthy and physically intact during his year in Kansas, DraftExpress has Andrew Wiggins as the number 1 NBA draft pick in 2014, as does everyone else. Some people say he’s the next LeBron James, others say he plays more like a young Kobe Bryant. Either way, he’s a unique player who will undoubtedly change a franchise in just a years time. He certainly has a bright future ahead of him and I’m excited to see what happens.