AndrewSoundarajan/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Former first overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins was left off of ESPN.com’s annual list of the top 100 players in the NBA, an exclusion he disagrees with.
“I don’t really look at that too much,” Wiggins said Thursday, adding “there’s not 100 players better than me, so it doesn’t matter what people think.”
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Wiggins said. “My job is to come out here and hoop, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
The 24-year-old is in his sixth season in the NBA. Experts have considered him something of an underperformer, especially after signing a $147.7 million contract extension in 2017.
Wiggins averaged 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and shot the lowest percentage of his career from the field.
He pointed to the trade demand of former teammate Jimmy Butler and the firing of former coach Tom Thibodeau as getting last season off to a tough start for him. But now, Wiggins says, “I would say I enjoy it more than I did last year.”
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