OKC Thunder signs Aaron Wiggins to multi-year contract with NBA

The move has finally happened! As we all predicted. OKC Thunder selected Aaron Wiggins with the 55th pick in the 2021 NBA draft from the University of Maryland. Wiggins signed a two-way deal after the draft instead of a standard NBA contract. Much like undrafted Lu Dort, Wiggins, who was five picks away from being in the same boat, needed to prove he belonged in the league.

It didn’t take long for the 23-year-old to prove to the Oklahoma City Thunder organization that he needed a full-time roster spot. To be exact, it took 32 games in the National Basketball Association for Mark Daigneault, Sam Presti and the rest of the organization to decide whether to keep Aaron Wiggins long term.

OKC Thunder inks Aaron Wiggins for a long-term contract with the NBA, after an impressive start to his rookie year on a two-way deal

Wiggins quickly became a fan favorite for Bricktown, as Mark Daigneault was trusted to be in the starting lineup for 18 of his 32 games played. On average, see points, one assist, three rebounds and nearly one steal per game.

His par 36 numbers jump up to 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal per game. For a rookie, Wiggins is playing stellar defense showing a ton of upside at this end of the field with an organization that prides itself on developing raw defensive talent.

in the midrange Wiggins shoots 36%, at the rim he spins 65% and hits all three corners at a 36% clip. All encouraging signs for the rookie.

The OKC Thunder signed Aaron Wiggins to a four-year, $6.4 million contract, a fourth-year team option for OKC. The next year is fully guaranteed, with an unsecured deal in the third year.

This maintains Sam Presti’s impressive streak of two-way conversions to standard NBA contracts. This move, however, is far more stable than any of the other chords to convert apart from Lu Dort.

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