The NBA selected
Wiggins received 110 of the 130 first-place votes. Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic received the second most first-place votes with 14.
By winning the award, Wiggins became the first Tmberwolves player to be named the Rookie of the Year.
"It means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to the team to be the first one to win this award," Wiggins said.
Wiggins was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft. He led all rookies in scoring with 16.9 points per game, was fourth in steals (1.05) and fifth in rebounding (4.6). Wiggins was the only rookie and just one of 11 players to start all 82 games this season.
When the Timberwolves traded Kevin Love for Wiggins, coach Flip Saunders said the team was looking for a franchise player, which he said they accomplished.
"When we traded for Andrew Wiggins, we got that player," he said. "I think he answered his critics and those questions [with his performance]."
The Timberwolves announced that they and the NBA would hold a press conference Thursday afternoon to make "a major announcement."
Coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said during his season-ending media that Wiggins is the cornerstone for where he hopes the franchise is heading.
"If you look at the teams that are successful right now…they all have a player who can create, who can create plays out of nothing," Saunders said. "They get to the free-throw line. For the first time, pretty much in this organization, we have a player who can do that."
Wiggins led all rookies with 16.9 points and 36.2 minutes per game while seeing action in all 82 games. He shot 43.7 percent from the field while racking up 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and one steal per game.
"Offensively, defensively, just being the person that I am off the court, I learned a lot," Wiggins said before his team's final game of the season. "I’ve grown a lot since [training camp]."
Wiggins, who grew up in Ontario, said that was enough time for his body to recover before preparing for his sophomore campaign with the Wolves.
Wiggins is averaging 16.8 points and 4.5 rebounds and has played in every game this season leading into tonight's regular season finale.
For the second consecutive game
Wiggins added 10 rebounds and six assists and shot 15 of 16 from the free throw line in the defeat.
Wiggins went 9 of 22 from the field and hit 11 of 15 free-throw attempts. Wiggins had five rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes of playing time. This is the 25th game in a row that Wiggins scored in double figures.
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