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Lindell Wingginton Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Lindell Wigginton

Soph. 6’2″ 190 Point Guard Iowa State DOB: 3/28/99
13.5 ppg 4 rpg 2.1 apg FG: 41.5% 3PT: 39%

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Wingspan: 6’3.5″

NBA Comparison: Jerryd Bayless/Trevon Duval

Strengths: Athleticism, Shot Creation, Speed/Quickness, Outside Shooting

Weaknesses: Length, Position Fit, Decline in production, Efficiency

Wigginton had a very productive freshman season averaging 16.7 points per game, leading him to declare for the 2018 draft before deciding to head back to school for another season. He is staying in the draft this year, bringing a solid offensive skill set to the table. His athleticism is strong with many highlight dunks during his two seasons at Iowa State, and despite just standing at 6’2″ he has been able to finish at the rim using his vertical abilities. Wigginton can come off of a screen, or create a shot on the dribble, with his ability to create his own shot being one of the strongest aspects of his game. He is one of the quickest and fastest players in the draft class, possessing a first step that enables him to get by a defender driving to the basket, or be effective on the break. His shooting motion is and mechanics are strong, to go with solid percentages from behind the arc going 40.1% as a freshman as well as 39% in his sophomore season. These numbers were with a fairly high usage of just under 5 three point attempts per game leading to the belief that he has the ability to be a high level shooter going forward. His offensive game as a whole translates well to the professional game with the emphasis on speed, athleticism and shooting from guards being three of the most important aspects that teams look for. He was a solid defender in college on the perimeter and how those skills translate to the next level is definitely a question mark, but there is some good film on his defense from the wing.

His length will be a concern to some teams, and it will only make it more difficult on both sides of the floor for the former Cyclone. As a defender he has the quickness and speed to stay in front of the opposing player, but with his size and length he could struggle against longer/taller guards that have similar athletic abilities. Wigginton has spent time as the lead guard and he has played off of the ball, and while that makes him a versatile scorer it also opens up some questions about what role he can potentially fill at the professional level. If he is going to play the point guard position going forward then his passing and overall lead guard skills will need to improve, but he has shown signs that he would be capable of doing so. On the flip side if his role is more in the off of the ball type of role as a scorer then his size will be a concern for teams thinking of taking a chance on the guard. The most likely scenario is that he spends time at both guard positions being able to use his scoring ability in multiple different ways. Despite averaging over 16 points per game as a freshman, his numbers dropped to 13.5 points as a sophomore which is never a good sign for your draft stock. It should be mentioned that Iowa State added Marial Shayok to the roster who is a prolific scorer along with other talent around him, something that no doubt effected Wigginton’s offensive numbers. His usage and minutes were lower in his sophomore season so a decline should be somewhat expected, however being a starter as a freshman before moving into a sixth man role as a sophomore will be concerning to some teams. Turnovers have been an issue at times, more so during his freshman year, and his offensive efficiency with the ball in his hands will need some work going forward. 

Here is an example of his range:

This play shows off his athleticism:

Wigginton is projected to be selected late in the second round or to go undrafted. His ceiling as a professional is a solid role player, possibly coming off of the bench in a sixth man type of role, bringing above average scoring and play making. The worst case scenario for Wigginton is that he is unable to find a role that earns him significant minutes or he struggles on the defensive side of the floor leading him to spend most of his career in the G League or overseas. 

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