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Summer League in Review: Aaron Wiggins

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We’re digging in on the Summer League performances, of which the Thunder had heaps.

Previous player breakdowns

Chet Holmgren

Josh Giddey

Ousmane Dieng

Tre Mann

Vit Krejci

Lindy Waters III

Gabe Brown

Jaden Shackelford

Abdul Gaddy

Kevin Kangu

Robert Baker

Contextualizing the numbers

Most exhibition statistics, primarily the percentages from the field, have little to no correlation to players’ output during real NBA minutes. The Summer League is more about the process and how these players are doing what they are doing on the floor.

This helpful guide by Owen Phillips showcases which Summer League numbers are sticky when projecting a player in their first season:

  • Three Point Attempts
  • Assists
  • Blocks
  • Offensive Rebounds
  • Field Goal Attempts

As Phillips shows, all of these categories are less affected by statistical noise when compared to their counterparts. The least correlated stats from Summer League are:

  • FT%
  • Three Point %
  • Steals
  • Free Throw Attempts
  • FG%

With these caveats out of the way, we’ll be digging into how OKC’s young prospects performed in Utah and Vegas.

Aaron Wiggins

Aaron Wiggins looked way better than Tre Mann in Vegas and in Utah. He averaged 10 points in 22 minutes throughout his five games on blistering splits (61.3 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from three). Wiggins is a perfect complementary player for this OKC team, as he thrives in an off-ball role with cuts to the basket, attacking closeouts, and hitting jumpers. The consistency with his jump shot was not there last season so an improvement will be massive for him and the team this upcoming campaign. You even got to see him run a few PnRs in this setting which is always fun to see out of players who likely won’t have many opportunities to do that in the regular season. It’s always good to experiment with your skills and try to grow as a player.

One thing to keep in mind is that despite being the 55th pick, Wiggins is a 23 year old sophomore. To what extent this matters is up to you, but he’s a little older than most of the competition at this level. Despite that, he was still very impressive and definitely looks the part of an NBA player for years to come.