Andrew Wiggins went from being the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft to winning the Rookie of the Year award in April.
The Minnesota Timberwolves forward outdistanced Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and 76ers center Nerlens for the 2014-15 award. Wiggins became the first Canadian and first player in Minnesota's franchise history to win this award.
Initially drafted by the Cavaliers, Wiggins was shipped to Minnesota in the blockbuster deal that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland.
One member of the heralded rookie class who lived up to the hype, Wiggins averaged 16.9 points, the second-best mark by a rookie in Minnesota history, behind Christian Laettner’s 18.2 points in 1992-93. The 6-foot-8 forward played in all 82 games, averaging over 36 minutes. Proficient attacking the basket, Wiggins ranked among the top 10 in free throws attempted and made.
The 20-year-old Wiggins received 110 of 130 first-place votes and 604 total points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Mirotic finished second with 335 points (14 first-place votes) with Noel third with 141 points (three first-place votes).
Others receiving votes included Magic guard Elfrid Payton; Celtics guard Marcus Smart; Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic; and Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson. The Lakers selected Clarkson in the second round with a pick acquired from the Washington Wizards for cash considerations.
Wiggins certainly dressed up for the occasion.
Wolves' Andrew Wiggins accepts the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Says next year, he wants to be an All-Star. pic.twitter.com/AOG5PHomHf
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