Andrew Wiggins must have heard the reports earlier in the day that his name is now being included in a possible trade to Minnesota for All-Star power forward Kevin Love.
Still, it didn’t stop the No. 1 draft pick from showing off flashes of potential in NBA Summer League action last night between his Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets. With Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in attendance at the Thomas And Mack Center in Las Vegas, Wiggins showed him what he could be missing if he’s traded.
In one sequence early on, Wiggins dazzled with a quick step-back jumper just behind the free-throw line. Later, in the second half, Wiggins recovered an Anthony Bennett air ball and jammed it home with a ferocious two-handed dunk. Just over a minute later, the 6’8″ swingman lost the ball in traffic, but recovered in time to run down the court and record an electric block off the backboard on a Rockets lay-up attempt.
Ironically, Wiggins only shot 3-for-5 from the field, unconventionally scoring 15 of his 21 points from the charity stripe. It wasn’t enough, though, as Houston scored a 96-90 victory over the Cavs, powered by guard Isaiah Canaan’s game-high 28 points.
Still, through several instances during this Summer League, Wiggins has shown how high his ceiling can be.