The Canadian free-agent guard could add some depth in a position that is facing some uncertainty for the Toronto Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors are in a pivotal offseason for the future of the franchise. With the draft two weeks away and free agency still to be determined, the Raptors front office is certainly running through all of the possible moves the franchise can make to remain competitive and/or chase a big name from the monster 2021 free-agent class.
One position that could certainly be experiencing some turnover for the Toronto Raptors is the guard position. Veteran guard Kyle Lowry looks like a potential trade candidate should the Raptors look to clear cap space or look towards the future. Priority free agent Fred VanVleet will hopefully remain with the Toronto Raptors for many years to come and has made it known he would love to stay in Toronto. Saying this, any NBA fan knows that players move in this league more than any of the big four North American leagues and loyalty can usually take a backseat to money and title chances.
The one guy who looked like a lock to be on the team next year is Terence Davis who as you probably know is in some legal trouble. It is very probable the Toronto Raptors do not pick up his option, as they shouldn’t.
With all of this uncertainty at the guard position, the Toronto Raptors brass should certainly be looking at replacement options through the draft, trades, and free agency.
Who is Lindell Wigginton?
Lindell Wigginton is a Canadian guard from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Wigginton played at Iowa State for 2 years averaging 15.3 points per game. He also won the Big 12 Sixth Man Award for the 2019 season.
Wigginton went undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft eventually signing a Summer League deal with the Toronto Raptors. Wigginton eventually signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending up playing the season in the G League. Playing for the Iowa Wolves, Wigginton averaged 15.3 points per game while gaining experience and leadership in a professional league.
This guy has the Toronto Raptors written all over him. An undrafted Canadian kid looking for a chance in the league who has grinded through college and the G League. Fred VanVleet-esque you might say.
Wigginton is a catch and shoot lethal shooter, but is also a guy who can also penetrate and beat defenders off the dribble which is something Steady Freddy has struggled with during his time with the Toronto Raptors. Wigginton is also a solid defender for his size and has active hands and quick feet, always playing passing lanes well.
Lindell Wigginton will never be a starter for the Toronto Raptors but is a guy who can bring some serious energy and scoring touch off the bench while never being a liability on defense. This guy is already in the Raptors mold and a guy coach Nurse and the coaching staff would be able to get the most out off. Who knows, maybe he’s the next Fred VanVleet.