NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins said all the rights things after accepting the award Thursday.
Wiggins endured an League-worst 16-66 season, but continues to insist that he’s loving life in Minny.
The 20-year old says his hope is play his entire career with the Timberwolves.
Per the AP:
“I hope I’m here forever,” Wiggins said Thursday after collecting his rookie of the year award. “I hope. It would be nice.”
That’s a startling revelation for a 20-year-old Canadian who showed signs of being one of the league’s next big stars during a superb rookie season. The Timberwolves haven’t been to the playoffs since 2004. They’ve botched draft picks, free-agent signings, trades, hires and firings over the years and suffered an array of season-derailing injuries that led some to joke that franchise was cursed. […] But that was all before Wiggins arrived. The cerebral kid who has been in the basketball spotlight since he was a 14-year-old prodigy playing in the Toronto area looks around and sees a roster stocked with young talent, a coaching staff he can relate to, a front office that understands the needs that must be filled and a community that has embraced him as a potential savior.
“I don’t believe there’s any curse or nothing like that,” Wiggins said. “We just needed the right pieces. I feel like now we’ve got them. We’ve got a nice young core.” […] “It’s been great up here,” Wiggins said. “Everybody’s been showing me love. It’s not too busy up here. It’s perfect. It’s cold, just like Toronto. I’m used to it. I couldn’t really ask for nothing more up here. I like it up here.”