Minnesota Timberwolves Forward Andrew Wiggins Wins 2014-15 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award

May 1, 2015

The NBA today announced Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb trophy as the winner of the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is the first Wolves player to win this award.

Wiggins, 20, received 110 of 130 first-place votes and 604 total points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic finished second with 335 points (14 first-place votes), and Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers was third with 141 points (three first-place votes). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the media for this award,” Wiggins said. “I’d like to thank our coaches and my teammates for all they have done to help me and support me this season. I’m looking forward to taking my game to an even higher level next year and helping our team make a significant improvement.”

Wiggins led all qualified rookies in scoring with 16.9 ppg, and was 4th in steals (1.05 spg) and 5th in rebounding (4.6 rpg). He was the only rookie, and one of just 11 players, to start all 82 games this season and finished with a Wolves rookie record 2969 minutes played, second-most in the NBA (James Harden, 2981). Wiggins finished the season strong by averaging 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in April.

“Andrew’s hard work and commitment to improving his game was evident by his production on the court this season,” said Wolves head coach Flip Saunders. “We’re thrilled to see him rewarded for this dedication. Andrew has proven that he is one of our key players and a main reason why we’re excited about our future.”

Wiggins was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month four times this season, becoming the first player in Wolves history to earn the honor multiple times. He tallied a rookie-leading 31 20+ point games this season, the most such games by a rookie since Damian Lillard in 2012-13.

The 6-8 forward filled the box score with 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists April 10 at the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored a season-high 33 points Jan. 31 vs. Cleveland and added a season-high four steals in that game. Wiggins scored a game-high 31 points Jan 17 at Denver, while adding a season-high three blocks. He recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds Dec. 10 vs. Portland.

As part of its support of the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, Kia Motors America (KMA) will donate on Wiggins’ behalf an all-new and more capable than ever 2016 Kia Sorento LX CUV to Rock of Faith Worship Centre in the Canadian province of Ontario, where Wiggins and his family are members. Kia Motors will present a Sorento to the charity of choice of each of five 2014-15 year-end award winners as part of the Kia NBA Performance Awards. After this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 38 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA’s prestigious honors began in 2008.

The 2014-15 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award is part of the Kia NBA Performance Awards, a series of oncourt performance awards. The series, in its eighth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between KMA and the NBA, and includes five of the league’s most prestigious year-end honors: Kia Most Valuable Player, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man Award, Kia Most Improved Player and Kia Rookie of the Year. The series also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month and the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month during the regular season. Kia Motors is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA, and the Kia Optima is the league’s Official Vehicle. For more information, please visit www.kia.com/NBA.

 

2014-15 KIA NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD VOTING RESULTS

Rookie, Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota 110 17 3 604
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago 14 81 22 335
Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 3 22 60 141
Elfrid Payton, Orlando 3 8 40 79
Marcus Smart, Boston 1 3 6
Jusuf Nurkic, Denver 1 3
Jordan Clarkson, L.A. Lakers 2 2

Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins Named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February

March 5, 2015

The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February. This is the fourth consecutive month Wiggins has earned the honor, the only player in franchise history to win the award multiple times. He’s the first rookie to win the award in four straight months since Damian Lillard during the 2012-13 season.

Wiggins led all qualified rookies in scoring (16.8 ppg), FT attempts (5.4 per game) and minutes played (38.7 mpg) while ranking 3rd in blocks (0.82 bpg), 3rd in FT pct (76.3%), 4th in FG pct (45.7%), 8th in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and 10th in assists (2.3 apg).

Wiggins was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 13, as part of All-Star Weekend in New York, posting 22 points, six rebounds and four assists while leading Team World to a 121-112 victory over Team USA. Wiggins tallied 20+ points three times during the month. He netted 20 points in a 111-109 win against Phoenix on Feb. 20, moving him into 9th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list for teenagers (826). On his 20th birthday three nights later, he scored 30 points in a 113-102 loss at Houston, his third 30+point-game of the season (tying Isaiah Rider for the most ever by a Wolves rookie).

Originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers 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. This season he leads all qualified rookies in scoring (15.8 ppg) and minutes (34.9 mpg), while ranking 4th in rebounding (4.3 rpg) and steals (1.14 spg), 5th in blocks (0.61 bpg) and 7th in assists (1.9 apg).


Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins Named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January

February 5, 2015

The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January. This is the third consecutive month Wiggins has earned the honor, the only player in franchise history to win the award multiple times. He’s the first rookie to win the award in three straight months since Damian Lillard during the 2012-13 season.

Wiggins led all qualified rookies in scoring (19.8 ppg), field goal percentage (47.1%) and minutes played (38.4 mpg) while raking 2nd in FT percentage (79.0%), 4th in rebounding (4.6 rpg), 4th in steals (1.41 spg) and 5th in blocks (0.59 bpg). Wiggins tallied 20+ points nine times in 17 starts during the month, finishing as Minnesota’s top scorer on eight occasions.

Wiggins opened the month with five consecutive 20+ point efforts, running his overall streak to six, the longest such streak by a Wolves rookie in club history. He scored a team-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Minnesota’s New Year’s Day loss to Sacramento, adding a season-high four steals. Two weeks later, he poured in a then-season-high 31 points against Denver, the highest point total by a Wolves rookie since Stephon Marbury had 33 in 1996-97. He finished the month by erupting for a season-high 33 points against Cleveland, matching Kevin Garnett and Marbury for the most points by a Wolves teenager in a game and finishing just two points shy of the franchise rookie record (Laettner, 35).

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. This season he leads all qualified rookies in scoring (15.5 ppg) and minutes (33.9 mpg), while ranking 3rd in steals (1.15 spg), 5th in blocks (0.55 bpg) and rebounding (4.2 rpg) and 7th in assists (1.8 apg).


Dieng, LaVine, Muhammad and Wiggins to Represent Wolves in 2015 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

January 28, 2015

The NBA today announced that Minnesota Timberwolves rookies Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, along with sophomores Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad will represent the team in the 2015 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. Dieng and Wiggins will team up on the World Team, while LaVine and Muhammad will suit up for the U.S. Team. The Wolves are the first team in league history to have four players participate since the event’s inception in 1994 (established as “Rookie Challenge”).

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Wiggins leads all NBA rookies in scoring (15.2 ppg) and ranks 3rd in steals (1.11 spg) and 5th in rebounding (4.3 rpg). He’s tallied a rookie-high 15 20+ point outings, including recording a franchise-rookie-record six straight earlier this season. He scored a season-high 31 points at Denver on Jan. 17, the most points by a Wolves rookie since Stephon Marbury in 1996 and just the third game of 30+ points by a Wolves teenager. He’s averaging 19.8 points on 47.5% shooting over his last 18 contests.

Dieng leads all eligible World players in rebounds (8.6 rpg) while ranking 2nd in blocks (1.8 bpg), T-3rd in assists (2.3 apg) and 4th in points (9.8 ppg). Dieng has tallied a team-high 11 double-doubles this season, including recording five in January alone. He scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Denver on Jan. 5, his fourth career 20+ point, 10+ rebound outing.

LaVine, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is averaging 8.0 points, 3.4 assists and 22.8 minutes in 41 games (21 starts). He scored a season-high 28 points in a win at the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 28 and dished out a season-high 14 assists Dec. 27 at Golden State.

Muhammad leads all eligible U.S. players in points/48 (28.3) while ranking 3rd in both scoring (13.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (48.8%). His 9.8 point per game improvement from last season is the biggest individual increase for a player this season. He’s tallied 20+ points in eight of his last 21 outings, averaging 17.4 points on 49.3% shooting and 4.9 rebounds in 29.0 minutes per game during those contests. He scored a career-high 30 points at Utah on Dec. 30, connecting on a career-high five three-pointers.

This season the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will feature a new format that pits first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against first- and second-year NBA players from around the world.

The NBA’s annual showcase of premier first- and second-year players is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. TNT will televise the 21st BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. ET as part of Turner Sports’ 30th year of NBA All-Star coverage. BBVA Compass is the official bank of the NBA in the United States and maintains its role as title partner for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.


Timberwolves to Take Over Mall of America for WolvesCare Event with HopeKids

January 20, 2015

What:  As part of WolvesCare month, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will host 15 area children with life-threatening or chronic medical conditions for an afternoon of fun alongside Wolves players at Mall of America.

Who: Timberwolves players Nikola Pekovic, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Robbie Hummel, Troy Daniels and Glenn Robinson III are scheduled to attend.

Where: Mall of America

60 E. Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55424

Please contact tara.niebeling@moa.net if interested in bringing a camera to this event.

When: Thursday, Jan. 22; 4 – 5 p.m.

–     4 p.m. – Build-A-Bear Workshop; Wolves players help kids make stuffed animals

–     4:45 p.m. – Ice cream at Cool Treats in Nickelodeon Universe; Players available for media interviews

–     5 p.m. – VIP Tour at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium; Players depart

Info: During WolvesCare month, the FastBreak Foundation turns its attention to some of the Wolves’ smallest fans, but those with the biggest hearts: children suffering from serious illnesses. The WolvesCare initiative works to make a difference in these courageous children’s lives through special events in the community and unique experiences at each Wolves home game in January.

The children participating in the event are from HopeKids, a nonprofit organization that works to restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.