Tale Of The Tape: Andrew Wiggins Vs. Jabari Parker
- Physical AbilityWiggins is a once-in-a-life-time, freak athlete. Physically, he's as gifted as it comes. At 6'8", 200-pounds, there is nothing Wiggins can't do on the court. Go check out his Instagram account for a picture of his 46-inch vertical leap.Parker, 6'8", 240-pounds, has an NBA-ready body, but the criticism is he could be a classic NBA "tweener"–too big to play small forward at times and too slow to play power forward at other times.
- Freshman YearWiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game his freshman season at Kansas. Wiggins combined to score 71 points, grab 16 rebounds, and record 8 steals in two straight games late in the season. However, in Kansas's second round NCAA loss to Stanford, Wiggins was held to 4 points on 1-6 FG.Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game his freshman season at Duke. He scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against North Carolina on March 8th. Parker had 14 points and 7 rebounds in Duke's disappointing loss to #14 seed Mercer in the first-round of the NCAA tournament.
- TalentWiggins, 19-years-old, is raw. In the open-court, he's virtually unstoppable and he can guard anyone. He's an above average offensive rebound, his length on the perimeter is excellent, and he's very unselfish. He needs to improve his mid-range and outside game, as well as his ball-handling skills.Parker, 19-years-old, is very fluid and his game is as NBA ready as you can get after only one season in college. Great in triple-threat, excellent mid-range game, and draws contact well. Defensively, his game needs improvement and he must improve his lateral quickness and find the right weight for his body.
- IntangiblesWiggins is often criticized for not having that "killer instinct." His head coach at Kansas, Bill Self, admitted Wiggins needs to develop an "Alpha Dog" mentality.Parker is a ferocious competitor and has an indescribable passion for the game of basketball.
- BackgroundWiggins, who is from Canada, went to high school at Hungtington Prep in West Virginia. Wiggins' father, Mitchell Wiggins, played in the NBA and his mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, is a former Olympics track and field sprinter.Parker, who is from Chicago, went to Simeon High School. Parker is a devout Mormon. His dad, Sonny Parker, is a former NBA player.
- Fit For SixersThe Sixers are actively seeking long, athletic players that can defend. Wiggins fits that mold perfectly and can slide into the starting lineup as a wing-guard next to Michael Carter-Williams at the point and Nerlens Noel down low. That's a fast and scary lineup.Parker does fit as a wing guard option to go along with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel as well, but his lateral quickness and defensive abilities might be a concern. Offensively, Parker is better in the half-court than in transition, a style that may not be ideal for Brett Brown and the Sixers.
Wiggins' uncanny athletic ability sets him apart from Parker. While Parker may posses more of a desire to succeed, Wiggins can do more things well on the court. Wiggins is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete that you just can't pass up if you're any NBA team.