Is Andrew Wiggins actually helping the Timberwolves?

Andrew Wiggins is second on the Wolves in scoring, but is he doing enough to help Minnesota win?
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The Minnesota Timberwolves just passed the mid-point of the 2016-17 season and so far it has been another overwhelming disappointment.

A team that was thought by many to be contenders to snap a 12-year playoff drought instead finds themselves 14-28 and near the bottom of the Western Conference standings again.

So why aren't the Wolves meeting those expectations? Were they unreasonable to begin with, or is someone not doing his part?

On the surface, it's hard to think that one of the players not living up to expectations is Andrew Wiggins. He's averaging 21.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Wiggins is also shooting 44.5 percent from the floor and 34 percent from the three-point line, but if you peel the numbers back a bit and look at the more advanced stats his efficiency is really no better than Ricky Rubio's.

What exactly is True Shooting percentage?

It's a statistical formula to measure a player's efficiency at shooting the basketball. It takes into account the number of twos, threes and free throws a player takes. The higher the percentage, the better.

Also interesting is that his PER (Player Efficiency Rating) is just 14.8 – slightly below the league average of 15.

It's probably safe to say the Wolves were hoping for a little more from the key player they obtained in the Kevin Love trade.

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