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Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins has insisted that he isn’t feeling too much pressure as he prepares for his first season in the NBA.
The No.1 overall pick in the 2014 Draft was traded to the Timberwolves by the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this summer as part of the deal to take Kevin Love in the opposite direction.
Despite the disappointment of not feeling wanted by the franchise which selected him, Wiggins has insisted that he feels a lot happier and more settled in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves are expected to launch a young and highly talented roster in the league this season including the likes of Anthony Bennett, Zach LaVine and Wiggins, and it remains to be seen whether or not point guard Ricky Rubio signs a contract extension.
However, Wiggins is ready to face the challenge of his rookie season and is confident that he can manage expectations and not let the pressure get to him.
“I don’t really feel like it’s too much pressure right now. I’ve been through being the number one player in high school, in college, all that stuff. So, pressure to me has really died down; I don’t feel it as much as I used to,” Wiggins said, Dime Magazine reports.
By moving to Minnesota, Wiggins will be allowed time and space to grow and develop his game, which would have been in stark contrast to the situation in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers are now the favourites to win an NBA championship next year largely due to the return of LeBron James, and while the Timberwolves will not be winning much, they will be one of the more entertaining teams in the league and have a core of players looking to improve together.
It remains to be seen whether or not Wiggins performs at an NBA level, as if he doesn’t, then he may well start to feel the pressure a little more at the latter end of the season.