Fans are extremely frustrated with Andrew Wiggins

Fans want a lot more from their maximum contract player.

Mention Andrew Wiggins' name in a conversation with a Wolves fan and there's a good chance you get a response filled with frustration. 

Despite being the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to reach 6,000 points, the 23-year-old probably faces more criticism than any other Minnesota athlete, and the criticism was on full display following the Wolves' home loss to the Celtics Thursday night. 

In my opinion, pounding on Wiggins after a night matched up with elite defender Jaylen Brown is poor timing, but I understand where fans are coming from. Wiggins is a former No. 1 overall pick and he's fresh into a max contract that will pay him between $25-33 million annually through the 2022-23 season. 

Criticism comes with big money, just ask Joe Mauer. But try to make a case for Wolves fans to remain patient and you'll likely be tossed into the fire. Trust me, I know after sending out this tweet last night. 

Responses included:

– "Brown is a second year player with heart. Wiggins is a 4th year BUM." 

– "Really, our max contract player had a good defender on him so it's ok for him to suck?"

– "Shoot me a note when Wiggins plays well for more than a 2 game stretch. I'll be on the hate wagon until then." 

– "Hell no! Wiggins is the laziest #1 overall pick ever! I don't care who is guarding him he should ALWAYS dominate." 

– "Yeah he's a bust like Derrick Williams or Wes Johnson."

The pressure on Wiggins is greater now than ever before because he's supposed to be the man stepping up while Jimmy Butler is out with a knee injury. What's more, a fanbase that hasn't had a taste of the playoffs in 13 years sees the standings and that the Wolves are very close to falling out of the top eight in the Western Conference.


Wolves could lose next 8 games and fall out of the playoff race

Things aren't about to get easier, either. Minnesota's next four games are against the Warriors, Wizards, Spurs and Rockets. Lose all four and there's a high chance they're on the outside looking in at the playoffs again. 

Next Up

Wikimedia Commons - COVID vaccine, pfizer, shot - Martin G

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is effective in kids ages 5-11

The company plans to seek U.S. authorization for the age group soon.

storm, wall cloud, severe wather

Damaging winds, tornadoes again possible in Twin Cities Monday

Storms are expected to intensify during the early afternoon hours.


3 people stabbed in suspected domestic incident in Crystal

A man who was injured has been detained in the incident.

police lights

Man surrenders after 12-hour standoff at Eagan home

There was a SWAT response early Sunday morning.

Greg Joseph

Vikings radio call thought kick in Arizona was good

From jubilation to devastation in a moment.


St. Paul police report 7 suspected overdoses in 24 hours

The department reported that two of the suspected overdoses were fatal.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings miss game-winning field goal, fall to 0-2

Greg Joseph's chip shot attempt as time expired spoiled a late comeback.

Jose Berrios

Berríos leads Blue Jays in first start against Twins

Berríos got the win on Sunday but could the Twins win the deal down the road?


Crash in southern Minnesota kills motorcyclist

The crash happened Saturday at Highway 42 and County Road 14 in Highland Township.

Oli Udoh

Vikings-Cardinals: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings need a win in the desert but will they get one on Sunday?


Report: Andrew Wiggins could seek to be traded this summer

The report comes from longtime Twin Cities insider Darren Wolfson.

Sam Mitchell tries to silence anyone who thinks Andrew Wiggins is lazy

He compared Wiggins' third year to LeBron's third year and didn't stop there.

Jalen Rose would be 'shocked' if Wolves don't trade Towns or Wiggins

Just days before the NBA Draft, the drama is increasing.

Andrew Wiggins says he never called OKC Thunder player 'gay'

Wiggins apologized if the misconception offended anyone.

Wiggins' brother reacts to Butler trade request: 'Hallelujah'

Apparently the reports about a strained relationship are true.

What to make of Andrew Wiggins under Gersson Rosas

Can Rosas get Wiggins in the right direction?