Wiggins



  • @JonesOnTheNBA: Met @22wiggins for the 1st time today. Polite dude. Took the time to shake everyone’s hand. Still carries his KU team issued bag!



  • Once a Jayhawk always a Jayhawk. I wonder how many KU fans that don’t care a lick about the NBA take a peek to see how former Jayhawks are doing? 👍



  • @DoubleDD me!!! I do care about the nba teams w/Jayhawks on them!💙🏀❤



  • I bet Wigs will be a great Jayhawk moving forward. First… he is legit… the real deal. Second… his parents raised him right and the young man has plenty of character. He will be involved with Kansas basketball in the future. You can count on that!



  • Wiggins and McLemore, the two more visible recent KU players in the NBA, have been great ambassadors for the program. Hopefully the twins can get their off-the-court issues resolved and go on to to enjoy a good career in the League. The other two, TRob and Embiid, have managed to stay out of trouble, even when the both have had a rough time getting a break, Joel by health and the Robinson by being with the wrong team at the wrong time; maybe this is the year when both do great.

    On a related note, here is an interesting article indicating that the Heat is wanting to get rid of Chalmers and Anderson for basically nothing; I hope Chalmers lands in a decent team that is in need of a player like him.





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  • @JayHawkFanToo don’t forget Tarik!



  • @Crimsonorblue22

    Tarik has been great and now he is introduced at games as being from KU and not Memphis like he was at one time.

    I was only thinking of the players that were lottery picks…I guess I should include Cole who has been also outstanding and comes back often and has his summer basketball camp either in Olathe or Lawrence. Hopefully Oubre (almost lottery) will follow the same path.



  • @Crimsonorblue22 Is that photo in Sacramento or St Louis?



  • @Lulufulu st Louis, where he lived



  • @DoubleDD You spying on me? I have total apathy for the NBA, but do keep an eye on JITL. (Jayhawks in the League). BUT - I only watch the Jayhawks - never another coach, player, fan or waterboy.



  • Wiggs bro nick(WSU) is playing w/wolves summer team.



  • @nuleafjhawk

    Cheerleaders?



  • @JayHawkFanToo You and @DoubleDD BOTH spying on me? Lol.



  • @Crimsonorblue22

    I saw that. From the score boxes I saw, he is not playing much and is probably a long shot.



  • @nuleafjhawk I like JITL!💙❤🏀



  • @nuleafjhawk

    The Feds are spying on all of us anyway…:(



  • @Crimsonorblue22

    Good write up on TRob; hopefully this is the place where he finds success.



  • @nuleafjhawk probably should be JIDL da league



  • Even though Andrew Wiggins played only one season at Kansas, he will continue to impact recruiting for years to come. Grateful he chose us!



  • @KansasComet Him and JoJo







  • @Crimsonorblue22 That was a really cool video! Awesome seeing Wigs up there! I am only a couple hours south of where they are holding the pan am games…I think. Wish I could go. Maybe one day.



  • Looks like Wigs has added 15 Lbs. of Muscle.

    https://twitter.com/sheilamikailli/status/623674638464237568



  • @wrwlumpy

    I know some people still support the Love trade… but I’m going to enjoy watching the Cavs and LeBron hide under their couches in the coming years when they get totally called out on one of the biggest screw-ups since Bowie was taken over Jordan in the draft.



  • @drgnslayr It was a HORRIBLE trade for several reasons:

    1. Wiggins will have a better career than Love. He is clearly the next superstar in the league.
    2. He would have been cheaper than Love for about 4 years.
    3. They would have been more versatile on offense as you could go “small” putting Lebron at the 4 and not actually lose any size. Or you could go “BIG” and have FOUR 6’8 guys or taller. And if that isn’t scary I don’t know what is.
    4. Wiggins would have had plenty of time to develop as Kyrie and Lebron were both hurt at the beginning of the season. Plenty of games where he would have been the main threat and had to develop the killer instinct he got in Minnesota.
    5. Cavs love to play in transition. Who is better in transition? Love or Wiggins.
    6. Your defense is unquestionably better with Wiggins. Love Brings nothing to the table in that arena. You could put Bron Bron on the best player and Wigs on the 2nd best and vice versa. Having two 6’9 uber-wings isn’t even fair!

    That’s all I could think of. I’m sure you guys could come up with more, but that is at least my take on why they totally F’d up.



  • @Kcmatt7

    I think one huge factor is that Wigs is the perfect offensive addition for the Cavs because he is tailored made for running ISOs. Clear out a side, or a lane or the baseline for Andrew. This would have taken a great deal of pressure off of LeBron and Kyrie. Andrew represented one more guy that could take over a game.

    Not sure they would have beat GS, but I bet they would have given them a run for their money with Wigs. Even though Wigs is still green, with his athleticism I could have seen him get the nod to defend Steph after Kyrie went down. Kyrie did a great job of shutting down Steph and I bet Wigs would have done a good job. Might even have him out front, sort of as a PG, even though LeBron was primarily running the offense from up top after Kyrie went down.



  • @Kcmatt7 @drgnslayr

    I will have to politely disagree with you both. We live in a world of “here and now” and “what have you done for me lately” and Love was the present and Wiggins is the future. Unlike College teams, a NBA owner with deep pockets can build a championship caliber team with smart trades, upgrades and free agents and most teams use pretty much the same business model (with financial restrictions) to build a team for the upcoming season not a few years down the road. The only team in the NBA that has officially stated that they have long term plan to build the team is the 76ers and to a lesser extent the Knicks…how is that working out for them? Most would say, not well at all.

    There is almost universal agreement that with a healthy Love and Kyrie, the Cavaliers would have beaten the Warriors. The one thing that money can’t but is unforeseen injuries; it happens and changes all plans at all levels…look at KU, with a healthy Embiid KU is a Final Four team, but he got injured and KU was left bare inside resulting in a quick exit.



  • @JayHawkFanToo

    “There is almost universal agreement that with a health Love and Kyrie, the Cavaliers would have beaten the Warriors.”

    I think that is strictly hypothetical. I do think Kyrie was a huge loss. But for the offense Love is capable of you have to weigh that against his downright sh*tty defense. He would have been exploited as much as he would have exploited, especially considering that a big weapon for GS if footwork and footspeed, not exactly Love’s forte.

    I thought Tristan Thompson played extremely well and offered a huge kick on rebounds, especially on offensive rebounds.

    I know we live in an “instant gratification” period… but we are talking about THIS year’s playoffs, and if they had Wigs!



  • @drgnslayr could care less what coulda been w/cavs! Wigs is thriving and growing w/the wolves. They have some new young blood(wolves like), and kg to lead the pack. Wigs has put on 15 lbs and looks like he’s working hard!! Hungry!



  • @Crimsonorblue22

    Don’t mistake me for a Cavs fan. I like to harp on it just to keep pushing it on the Cavs. I hope to be “rubbing this in” for at least another decade! 🙂



  • I like to think that the trade (lebron probably ordered) lead to the cavs losing in the finals, cleveland is already cursed sports wise, but the #Wigginscurse could be remembered when Wigs is the MVP every year.

    On a side note the cavs took Bennet over Noel and BMac, then traded him also for Love.



  • Well, it did appear that Cleveland’s front office gave LeBron the green light to pick his own teammates, then pretty much coach the squad throughout much of the season. For whatever reasons, the scheme ultimately failed, though it worked quite well until the two key injuries. Wigs probably was fortunate to move into a situation wherein he was allowed to grow out of his teens w/o super stresses to win games or dance to the frantic tyranny of The Established Superstar.



  • @REHawk well said!



  • Cleveland/Lebron’s ultimate goal was to win a championship and take away the freak injury to love, i’m pretty sure they would have won it all. So, the trade was the right move esp since no one knew what they were getting with Wiggins.

    i personally wouldn’t have done it and kept Wiggins- but for whatever reason- either Wiggin’s not so stellar performance while @ KU or maybe Chalmer’s really turned him off on KU…Lebron wanted to go the other direction.

    I wouldn’t have done it, but can’t blame cleveland- they wanted to win and did what they thought was the right thing @ that point in time.

    if they did win a championship, everyone on this board would be much quieter or singing a different tune.



  • @elpoyo but they didn’t, and meanwhile Wigs keeps getting stronger!



  • @Crimsonorblue22

    but…the trades were not the reason why they didn’t win, like it has been implied in many posts, injuries were the real reason and that is something that cannot be planned. Look at Oklahoma, they had assembled a Championship contender and then injuries to Ibaka, Westbrooke, most of all Durant and even Collison, made them into an also run.

    Th trade worked out well for Wiggins, who is with a team where he was given lots of playing time to move up the learning curve with little or no pressure; a perfect spot for a talented yet inexperienced player. Had he stayed in Cleveland and much like Mario in Miami, he would have been at the receiving end of LeBron’s bad moods. No question the LeBron is the best player in the world right now, and when he is done he will be top 3 of all-time…maybe even the best, but as a teammate he is very…shall we say…high-maintenance?



  • @JayHawkFanToo

    “when he is done he will be top 3 of all-time…”

    I’m curious who you have in that top 3? Wilt, Michael J, and LeBron?

    I respect and admire LeBron’s game. Hard not to. But I’m not sure where to put him amongst the greats of basketball. Not sure I could put him in the top 3. But not to take anything away from LeBron.

    What factors are most-important in determining the top 3? Career stats? Eye test? Importance to the team? Monumental performances?



  • @JayHawkFanToo Top 3? Best all time? Not so sure about that… Wilt #1 I have about 5-10 guys in front of Lebron. Its a fun debate, but my opinion is if LBJ is the best or top 3 player of all time, then why cant he win a championship without making a damn all star team?



  • @JayHawkFanToo the only thing I care about in that scenario is Wigs and his development.



  • I wouldn’t call LeBron’s Miami teams “all-star” - Dwayne Wade was the only other true superstar on that team. I like Bosh, but he wasn’t always a high-producer, and they never had a real good point guard (sorry but LeBron and Wade made Mario look better than he is). And we’re now starting to see Wade take the path of Kobe late in his career… The success of those teams was largely due to LeBron with Wade as the sidekick; every good team has a good supporting cast.



  • I don’t know about top 3 but Lebron is definitely top 5.

    Jordan, Wilt, Oscar Robinson or Lebron (those are interchangeable), and Kareem.

    I’m not sure how you can keep Lebron out of the top 5.

    I could go on and on about this one. Jordan is the greatest ever. But he’s not untouchable. Couldn’t win with an average team but got help then took over the league.

    I always find it amusing that people say “Jordan, Magic, Bird, Kareem are easily top 5”. And they just happened to play around the time the media exploded and just happened that they were the ones they watched growing up. Get some perspective people! 4 of the greatest players to ever play the game just happened to play in the same decade by coincidence? Come on now.



  • @Crimsonorblue22 said:

    but they didn’t, and meanwhile Wigs keeps getting stronger!

    wig would be getting stronger no matter what. Not sure what your point is here.

    this comment reminds me of a typical MU trash fan…KU didn’t win the Natl championship, meanwhile, MU keeps on getting stronger.



  • @elpoyo Ewww! I don’t think Wigs would have developed as fast w/Lebron coaching the team.



  • @JhawkAlum I like Russel and a few others more, but top 6-8 is easy



  • @clevelandjayhawk

    You make a point and then immediately contradict it. You talk about James not winning a title without and all-star team and then you have Wilt at #1…How many titles did Wilt win? Two, the same as LeBron…and Mario Chalmers…and they are still playing with a chance of getting more; Bill Russel has 11.

    The knock on Chamberlain is that he had great individual stats but his teams always lost. He played against Bill Russel and the Celtic 8 playoff series and each time he had better stats than Russell but the Celtics won 7 of the 8 series. Makes you think, doesn’t it? This is one of the reason why many rank Russel ahead of Chamberlain and cite that he made his teams better.

    At this time, Michael Jordan is probably the top player but with a good run in the remainder of his playing days, LeBron can catch him. I don’t care much for LeBron as an individual but as a player, he is not only great but he is an athletic freak as well. He is the only player since Magic that can play all 5 position competently.

    I just browsed over several “top xx NBA players of all time” rankings and none has Wilt at #1, many don’t even have him in the tops 5. As much as you and I like Wilt, the rest of the world does not seem to thinks he is the best of all time.



  • @elpoyo

    I am with @Crimsonorblue22 on this one. At Cleveland, Wiggins would not have had as much playing time as he had last season with the Wolves and he would have not developed nearly as much as he did.



  • @JayHawkFanToo said:

    @elpoyo

    I am with @Crimsonorblue22 on this one. At Cleveland, Wiggins would not have had as much playing time as he had last season with the Wolves and he would have not developed nearly as much as he did.

    True, but take love out, and put wiggins in…with Kyrie’s injury, Wiggins playing time would have increased dramatically in the playoffs…and the experience he would have gotten…playoffs and the finals- you can’t recreate that and even with Kyrie out and wiggins in, Cavs chances of winning it all become very very doable. IMO they would have won the playoffs with that setup


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