Andrew Wiggins wants Toronto after Kansas
Andrew Wiggins hasn’t played a minute of college basketball yet, but he already knows which NBA team he wants to play for after his days as a Kansas Jayhawk are done.
“I would like to say the Raptors because I want to play for them,” Wiggins said, via Sportsnet.ca.
Assuming Wiggins only stays at Kansas for one year, a school he surprised people by choosing over North Carolina and Kentucky, he will likely be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He is probably the most heralded prospect since LeBron James, and has drawn comparisons to the two-time NBA Champion in terms of their style of play in high school.
There is a very good chance that Toronto gets the No. 1 overall pick in the draft next year given that their current roster is mainly made up of other team’s benches. In which case, Wiggins might get his wish.
His preference makes sense. Wiggins is Canadian, from Ontario more specifically, and choosing Toronto would probably mean his fan base would be all of Canada. He’s a young kid who has a wealth of talent, why not play for the closest thing you have to a home (NBA) team.
No matter which team Wiggins goes to, they will most likely become instantly better. Although, barring some miracle where the Raptors are decent, someone in college turns out to be better than Wiggins, or Wiggins turns out to be a college bust, he may get his wish.
However, some other teams look like they will be trying one of the most highly touted prospects ever at No. 1, like the Philadelphia 76ers. After a draft day trade, the Sixers have taken their squad down to the ground floor and are looking to rebuild. With their own draft pick likely being a very high lottery pick (possibly No. 1) and another likely lottery pick courtesy of the New Orleans Pelicans, they could be looking to team up Wiggins with one of his fellow top prospects.
All Raptors fans are hoping he gets his wish, but neither the college nor NBA season has started yet so we will just have to wait and see.