Andrew Wiggins takes in Raptors game

This Raptors season started with just about everyone thinking at its conclusion, the team would have a good shot at local sensation Andrew Wiggins.

The expectation was this would be a rough campaign and Toronto would be one of the NBA’s worst teams. While team brass and head coach Dwane Casey rightly said there was no way the team would get into the business of tanking, the path some teams clearly chose to embark on, nobody believed Toronto would be far closer to the top of the conference than the bottom.

Nothing changed on the expectation front when Rudy Gay was dealt to Sacramento after the disappointing 6-12 start, other than even more people coming to the conclusion that the bottom was surely going to fall out.

However, the Raptors went on an unexpected tear, rising all the way to third in the East and completely out of contention for Wiggins, who will go in the top three and likely No. 1 overall.

That’s why it was a bit ironic that, on the night the team clinched its second-ever Atlantic Division title, Wiggins was sitting courtside on the baseline with his older brother Nick and Chadrack Lufile, who both just finished up at Wichita State.

You couldn’t help but laugh when the ACC’s game operations people gave the family’s youngest son a little shoutout by playing a snippet of Drake’s new song, “Draft Day,” which featured the line: “Draft day. A. Wiggins.”

The team wisely avoided showing him on the jumbotron. While the NBA isn’t as militant as the NCAA in constantly searching for infractions, it’s always good to err on the side of caution.

Wiggins recently selected Bill Duffy as his agent and has started preparing for the draft workout process.

Duffy’s most famous client is two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and he also represents Raptors big man Chuck Hayes.

Once the draft lottery determines the selection order next month everyone will get a far better idea of where Wiggins might eventually land. His Kansas teammate Joel Embiid and Duke freshman Jabari Parker, assuming he doesn’t return to school, no certainty at this point, round out the expected top three.


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