The Minnesota Timberwolves revealed Wednesday that the team and NBA would be holding a press conference for a “major announcement” on Thursday. Now what could that “major announcement” be?:
As expected, Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins will be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year tomorrow, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) April 29, 2015
Andrew Wiggins has long been the favorite to win Rookie of the Year after Jabari Parker went down with an ACL injury. Several solid contenders popped up over the course of the year, including Nerlens Noel, Nikola Mirotic, Elfrid Payton and Jordan Clarkson. And in fact, some of the advanced numbers favor guys like Noel and Mirotic.
However, Wiggins was steady all season and put up big numbers for a rookie. He played in all 82 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves and played heavy minutes. He finished with averages of 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 43.7 percent overall and 31.0 percent from three. His scoring average of nearly 17 points per game was by far the highest for a rookie this season.
At just 20 years old, this season was an impressive start to Wiggins’s career. There’s still plenty of room to improve, and he could be in a star in a very short amount of time.
Wiggins’s victory was confirmed on Thursday, with Mirotic coming in second and Noel third. Here’s how the voting panned out:
Andrew Wiggins named 2014-15 Rookie of the Year. Nikola Mirotic finished second, Nerlens Noel third.
Full results: pic.twitter.com/CW2N5FRusX
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) April 30, 2015