Most rookies take part in the Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend, but 2015’s Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins did not… and doesn’t plan to, despite being one of the NBA’s premiere dunkers.
In a recent interview with ESPN, the 20-year-old says fans should not expect him to challenge Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Zach LaVine, who is the reigning dunk champion.
“My story is, I lost in high school, right when I was in the McDonald’s [All-]American Game, so I really don’t do … dunks anymore,” Wiggins said. “I kind of retired that back, left that in high school, so I don’t really do it anymore.
“Right now, you can give it to him [LaVine]. I won’t be doing all the surprise dunks. I just keep it simple — one hand, two hands.”
For the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, Wiggins will play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 12, along with teammate Karl-Anthony Towns.