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Something is hanging over the Minnesota Timberwolves as they approach the 2016-2017 NBA season, something they haven’t experienced in a long time—pressure. On a team loaded with young talent, there’s an urgency to make the leap into the Western Conference playoffs for the first time since 2004, a hiatus that’s spanned two American presidencies.
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For said leap to happen, Andrew Wiggins needs to become an All-Star. Entering his third year, the former Kansas Jayhawk spent countless hours this off-season working with trainer Drew Hanlen to become just that. His workouts emphasized improving his dribbling and tweaking his jump shot. He also put time into expanding his game, working moves from the mid-post and the wing and watching plenty of film of both himself and other players to discover ways to become even deadlier on the hardwood.
“This is the process I need,” Wiggins said of his training. “These are the things I need to become an All-Star. If I improve my shooting and ball handling, that will increase my chances of becoming a superstar in this league.”
Wiggins’ newfound versatility from the perimeter will play a huge part in spurring his team to heights they’ve never seen. Judging by the above video, the NBA is in for a nasty lupine surprise.