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Tale of the tape

Tale Of The Tape: Andrew Wiggins Vs. Jabari Parker

It’s the hottest topic in Philadelphia sports these days: Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker? The Sixers, who hold the third overall pick in June 26th’s NBA draft, may not even end up with either player, but it sure is fun to debate who is better. Let’s go to the tape!

 

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Andrew Wiggins

Jabari Parker

Wiggins 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. Physical Ability 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.
Wiggins 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. Freshman Year 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.
Wiggins, 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. Talent 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.
Wiggins 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. Intangibles Parker is a ferocious competitor and has an indescribable passion for the game of basketball.
Wiggins, 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. Background Parker, who is from Chicago, went to Simeon High School. Parker is a devout Mormon. His dad, Sonny Parker, is a former NBA player.
The 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. Fit For Sixers 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.

The winner is

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Andrew Wiggins
3 out of 6

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.

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