This time last year, Andrew Wiggins was preparing to play for Kansas in the NCAA tournament.

Tonight, he returns home to Toronto to play as a professional for the first time in a game when Ricky Rubio likely will return to the lineup.

He used the term "mind-blowing" to describe all that's happened in the last year, leading to him being the runaway favorite for what he called this morning his ultimate goal this year: Winning Rookie of the Year.

He was asked about all kinds of things by a big media crowd who turned out at the Wolves' morning shootaround.

Of course, somebody asked him about the possibility of returning to Toronto as a free agent someday -- as soon as possible -- to play for the Raptors.

"I love Minnesota," Wiggins said. "They treat me nice up there, so I plan to be there a very, very, very long time."

Rubio said he isn't sure if he'll play tonight, but he'll likely be the only one from among Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Garnett and Gary Neal -- all four didn't play Monday against Brooklyn -- who'll play against the Raptors.

Tonight's game is also the return of fellow former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, who grew up in Toronto as well, and Wolves assistant coach Sam Mitchell, the former Raptors head coach who will coach tonight's game for Flip Saunders.

Saunders is away from the team to be with his ailing father.


 

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