winforlose wrote:The Wiggins comp makes a lot of sense to me. Wiggins would have these monster games and then disappear the next game. Wiggins would be so much better at the rim but settle for turnaround mid range jumpers (for Ant they are pull up 2s and 3s.) Wiggins dropped 20 more often than not but was an in inefficient shooter who shot high volume. Wiggins was capable of great rebounding and defense but often seemed disengaged and you got the sense his emotional state didnâ€™t really have much to do with the game. Ant checks most of these boxes.
I will grant you Ant has a different set of tools in his tool box in the sense that he is better at the rim, bigger than Wiggins in weight but shorter in height. He has a better handle than Wiggins and seems to get to the rim easier. But, where Wiggins embraced contact, Ant avoids it, often contorting himself sometimes to the determinant of the shot.
Ant has a superstars potential, but so did Wiggins. Ant puts up great numbers, but so did Wiggins. Most importantly, Ant cannot lead the team to a W with KAT on the bench. Dlo has been that guy when it happens, and Wiggins had that same problem. I want more than anything for Ant to reach his potential, but when he keeps disappearing from games it reminds me of Wiggins.
For his career, we're talking about 4.4 rebounds per game. Only once has Wiggins gone above 5.0 (5.1 in 2019-2020). Edwards, meanwhile, posted 4.7 his rookie season and is currently averaging 6.5.
Wiggins may have embraced contact early in his career (averaged 7.0 FT per game his second season), but certainly changed that approach (4.1 FT per game his season prior to being traded and currently 3.9). One of many questions fans had is why he no longer attempted dunking over opposing players.
Overall, the comparison isn't as close as you believe it is. For as much of the ball as Wiggins had during his time in Minnesota, only once did he average over 3.0 assists per game (3.7 in 2019-2020; next highest is 2.5). Edwards, meanwhile, posted 2.9 his rookie season and is currently averaging 3.5. Simply put, the former Bulldog is a better playmaker.