The trade that everyone has been speculating about for months now is finally coming to head, and LeBron James will be missing an opportunity to play with potentially the next big thing to happen to the NBA, Andrew Wiggins.
All the what about’s, might haves, and could have been’s are running wild through basketball fans minds when it comes to “the King” and the next version of himself playing together.
Months ago, I wrote a piece about how LeBron James, Andrew Wiggins, and Kyrie Irving were forming the new big three in Cleveland, and how that lineup would be good enough to potentially win multiple titles.
I mean, could you imagine?
Irving running the point, LeBron and Wiggins as your forwards along with Dion Waiters and Tristian Thompson, giving Cleveland one of the best young and talented rosters on a nightly basis. Not to mention Anthony Bennett, the Cavs 2013 number one overall pick who could have found a spot somewhere in the starting lineup eventually.
Picture LeBron passing to Wiggins for posterizing dunks or the other way around. Picture them both scoring from anywhere on the court and LeBron helping to build up Wiggins confidence on both ends.
The pairing was truly too good to be true.
And maybe I am over valuing Wiggins a bit much. He struggled mightily at times for the Kansas Jayhawks last season, and seemed to disappear in a couple of games. None-the-less, Wiggins still averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game, showing his ability to score, defend, and make almost any play on the court. (stats via sportsreference.com/cbb)
He didn’t have a bad nickname either, “Maple Jordan” because of his Canadian roots and uncanny basketball skills that draw comparisons to two of the greatest to ever play the game.
LeBron and Wiggins had potential to be as good as Shaq and Kobe, Jordan and Pippen, Magic and Kareem, or, Malone and Stockton. A once in a generation type of pairing.
Unfortunately though, all it will ever be is could have been.