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5 Ways the Minnesota Timberwolves Will Hurt Andrew Wiggins’ Career

Wiggins Should Worry about Joining the Wolves

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Andrew Wiggins is reportedly excited to be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves later this month. While he realistically couldn’t say otherwise, the No. 1 overall selection in June’s draft should be worried about joining arguably the worst franchise in professional sports. Here are five reasons why the impending trade will hurt Wiggins’ long-term growth.

5. Losing Habits

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5. Losing Habits

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Far too often we see players develop poor habits stemming from losing too often. Examples can be seen throughout recent history. Michael Carter-Williams started out the year on fire statistically but saw drops in positive stats (points, assists, etc.) and rises in negatives (turnovers). He only won Rookie of the Year because someone had to. The Wolves will be fun to watch but will lose a lot. Wiggins will have to avoid such bad habits.

4. Fit Within Roster

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4. Fit Within Roster

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It’s always tough to judge a roster so obviously on the verge of upheaval but, as currently constituted, Wiggins joins a crowded roster at his position. Right now, Corey Brewer, Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin, Luc Mbah a Moute and Shabazz Muhammad all expect minutes at the wing spots. While Wiggins should, and will, take most of those minutes, one has to worry about the chemistry of so many veterans losing minutes to a rookie.

3. Few Successful Veterans

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3. Few Successful Veterans

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In the previous point, several veterans were mentioned who play the same position as Wiggins. The type of veterans to help young, impressionable players like Wiggins develop are those who have won before. Only JJ Barea, Ronny Turiaf and Mo Williams have played in more than 20 playoff games. Ideally, Wiggins could learn from someone at his position who has won before. There is no such player on the Wolves.

2. History of Roster Mismanagement

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2. History of Roster Mismanagement

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Bill Simmons wrote an article detailing all of Minnesota’s shortcomings that brought them to this point. The Wolves haven’t made the playoffs in a decade in a league where more than half the teams make it every year. They’ve made poor decisions in free agency, trades, drafting -- you name it -- and it’s hard to imagine that will change any time soon under Flip Saunders. Wiggins has that to look forward to.

1. Poor Recent History Developing Youth

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1. Poor Recent History Developing Youth

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Of the Wolves’ previous 10 first-round draft picks, only Ricky Rubio and Corey Brewer are still on the roster; and Brewer returned only last year after spending time in Dallas and Denver. Rubio has not lived up to expectations by any stretch of the imagination, and he took a step back last season, becoming one of the worst shooters in the history of the league. Wiggins will not have recent history on his side.

Anthony F. Irwin is an NBA writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.