In semi-recent NBA draft history, only a few first overall picks have been given the opportunity to play in front of their hometown and for the team that they grew up rooting for. Well, what are the odds that Andrew Wiggins starts his NBA career in 2014 eerily similar to the way LeBron James and Derrick Rose did?
Believe it or not, both of the highly-praised superstars began their careers where it literally all started. James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 after growing up in Akron, OH and as an Englewood, IL native, Rose was able to start his career with his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2008. So, Wiggins has to be looking at what James and Rose have already accomplished and be thinking about how the Kansas Jayhawks‘ freshman would fare in front of his hometown crowd.
What’s Wiggins’ hometown you ask? Toronto, Canada.
It’s looking more and more like lightning could strike three times in 11 years as the long-awaited NBA debut of Wiggins could come with him in a Raptors jersey. Oh boy — the NBA draft lottery conspiracy theorists would have a field day if a superstar like Wiggins wound up with his hometown Raptors. However, Wiggins to Toronto would be a rather far-fetched scenario considering the Raptors look to at least make the postseason in 2013 with Rudy Gay and Demar DeRozan leading the charge.
Moreover, top-notch NBA free agents have declined moving to Canada time and time again in the past, so the Raptors’ faithful have to be giddy about the hometown hero actually wanting to play north of the border.