Why Aaron Wiggins needs a bigger role in Thunder rotation

The stars are cemented, but the rotation needs tweaking for the playoffs. Aaron Wiggins is the answer for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Aaron Wiggins' offensive strengths

When identifying the Maryland product’s offensive value, it’s imperative to start with his devastatingly efficient shooting.

Wiggins produces 1.42 points per jump shot, which ranks in the 99th percentile per Synergy. He shoots 50 percent on catch-and-shoot three-point attempts, which registers in as the third best mark of the 238 players with at least 80 attempts.

Although Wiggins does not fly off of screens and put off-ball chasers to the test, the threat of his shot forces defenders to stick with him and close out hard, thus opening up the paint. 

In addition to hyper-efficient spot up shooting and off-ball gravity, Wiggins is a timely cutter who understands when to run backdoor. It catches ball watchers off guard, so defenders must always have one eye on Wiggins.

As a result, the defender may miss the prime moment to help inside and swipe at the driver. 

Wiggins will not win any awards for his playmaking, but he’s a solid connective passer who keeps the ball moving. When Wiggins is involved in the action, it never becomes stagnant. 

Overall, he’s the perfect offensive role player because he makes the most of his opportunities and does not take away from teammates. His unselfish style will not dampen shot quality in the slightest.

For a team that features plenty of on-ball scorers, that’s a crucial trait.