LeBron James will forever be compared to Michael Jordan, who he is chasing more and more as their legacies continue to be compared to one another.
But one aspect of their careers that hasn’t yet been completely compared are their side kicks, as Michael Jordan has always had Scottie Pippen and LeBron has always had — well, no one. That could all change with Andrew Wiggins, who some are wondering if he can be the Pippen to LeBron’s MJ.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders wonders if Wiggins could be that type of player.
I think they should hold off on a trade and see how LeBron James and Andrew Wiggins play together early in the season before pulling the trigger on a deal. Start the season, see how things go and then reassess. The big question is how soon can Wiggins be that Pippen-like player? Is he ready to contribute right away or will he need three years to get to that point? That’s what Cleveland needs to find out, because they’re clearly in win-now mode. If Wiggins is going to be a long-term project who needs several years of development before he can contribute at that high level, it may make more sense to deal him for Love or a star who is ready to produce alongside James and Kyrie Irving right now.
It’s a massive comparison, and it’s one that will further attach Cavs fans to the idea of keeping Wiggins and not trading him for Kevin Love. Then again, perhaps Love could LeBron’s Pippen, which further complicates a matter which seems to have no true resolution in sight.