Wolves’ Wiggins named Western Conference rookie of the month
MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves’ present may be in shambles, but the future continues to look sterling.
Small forward Andrew Wiggins is once again the NBA’s Western Conference rookie of the month, earning the distinction for November and now December. He becomes the first Minnesota player to win the award twice in the same season.
During December, Wiggins led all Western Conference rookies in scoring with 14 points per game and averaged 0.6 blocks (second among rookies), 4.1 rebounds (third) and 0.87 steals (fourth). The 2014 NBA Draft’s No. 1 overall pick, acquired from Cleveland in the Kevin Love trade, scored 20 or more points five times during Minnesota’s 15 games last month.
Dec. 10 vs. Portland, 19-year-old Wiggins notched his first double-double with 23 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to record a 20-points, 10-rebound game. He had a team-high 27 points Dec. 23 at Cleveland and scored 22 three nights later in Denver.
For the season, Wiggins leads all rookies in scoring (13.8 points per game) and minutes (31.8 per game) and ranks fourth in steals and blocks, fifth in rebounding and ninth in assists.
The Wolves, meanwhile, are 5-27 and in last place in the West heading into Monday night’s home game against Denver.
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