Raptors fans have been dreaming about watching a Wiggins play for Toronto and in the Raptors 905 inaugural home opener they got one. Andrew Wiggins is the star playing in Minnesota, but his older brother Nick shined briefly in Mississauga.
“Nick Wiggins did a nice job off the bench,” Raptors 905 head coach Jesse Mermuys said. “Getting aggressive and getting to the rim.”
Wiggins joined the 905 right before they played their first game in Fort Wayne, so it was no surprise when he struggled in the road back-to-back to start the season. He totaled 2-7 from the field for 4 points in 22.5 minutes against the Mad Ants in his first two games. Early on in Mississauga, things weren’t going any better.
It wasn’t until there was 1:34 left in the third quarter that Wiggins turned it on in his home opener. Up to that point he had gone 0-5 from the field missing layups and open shots, but as the third quarter wound down he finished an impressive driving layup and followed that up 20 seconds later with a three-pointer.
Now in high gear Wiggins opened the 905’s scoring in the fourth quarter with a pretty finger roll at the rim and after missing a long two-pointer, he punished the Red Claws for a turnover with another long range bomb. In a span of 4.5 minutes, Wiggins had made two layups and two three-point shots for 10 points.
The Raptors 905 is a young team that hasn’t been together as a group for long and it showed in their home opener against the Maine Red Claws. Exciting solid play was interspersed with confusion and unnecessary individual effort. It resulted in 20 turnovers for 26 Red Claw points and the 905 lost 109-104.