The NBA is a crazy league. Players come in so young, and often so ready for professional basketball. It’s not like other sports like the NFL where you need those years in college to physically develop and learn the game. Often players make the jump at 19 years old and can play with the big boys.
Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. For some young players, they make the jump and they can’t hang. They should have stayed in school for another year or two and worked on their game. Sometimes it’s a maturity issue and being a professional athlete at age 19 is just too much for some of these young men.
There is a bright side to all of this though. These guys may have 5 or 6 years in the league but they’re still young. There’s still time for them to get it figured out. We’ve put together a list of these guys, the ones who were supposed to do big things but just haven’t yet.
Take a look and see what you think.
25. Andrew Wiggins: Cleveland Cavaliers, Pick #1
Andrew Wiggins was hot coming out of college. He had played one year at Kansas and scouts were drooling at his game. While at Kansas he averaged 17 and 5 per game and was a second-team All-America selection. He was such a sure thing, the Cavaliers thought about pairing him with LeBron before eventually sending him to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade.
Since he’s been in the league he’s struggled. Sure, he was the NBA Rookie of the Year, but since he won that award his production dropped off. He’s averaging a respectable 19.7 points per game for his career, but we’re talking about a guy who was a number 1 overall pick. That’s not good enough.
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