Timberwolves Forward Andrew Wiggins Named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month
Wiggins Becomes Sixth Player in Team History to Earn Honor
Minneapolis/St. Paul – The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November. Wiggins is the sixth Timberwolves player to win Rookie of the Month honors, joining Gorgui Dieng (March 2014), Ricky Rubio (January 2012), Kevin Love (March 2009), Randy Foye (December 2006) and Stephon Marbury (January 1997).
Wiggins averaged 11.6 points (2nd among NBA rookies), 3.7 rebounds and 1.13 steals in 15 games, all starts. He led all rookies in three-point field goal percentage at 44.0 percent (11-for-25). Among Western Conference rookies, Wiggins was 1st in scoring, steals and minutes played, 2nd in blocks and 3rd in rebounding.
Wiggins poured in a season-high 29 points Nov. 22 vs. Sacramento, the highest scoring total by a rookie this season and matching the top point total for a Wolves rookie since Stephon Marbury scored 33 vs. Utah on Dec. 23, 1996. Wiggins also swiped a season-best four steals in vs. Sacramento in a season-high 41:11 minutes. He set personal bests with eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks Nov. 26 vs. Milwaukee. Wiggins tallied a team-high 20 points, on 7-for-10 shooting (2-for 2 from three-point range), Nov. 14 at New Orleans and contributed 17 points, on 7-for-12 shooting, in the Wolves' Nov. 5 victory at Brooklyn.
Originally selected by the Cleveland with the 1st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Wiggins was acquired by the Wolves on Aug. 23, 2014 in a three-team trade.