Andrew Wiggins on Thursday became the ninth Minnesota pro athlete in a top league — defined here as the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA or WNBA — to win Rookie of the Year honors in his or her respective league over the past 25 seasons.
Here is a ranking of those nine athletes and how their careers turned out, with Wiggins' ranking based on potential. These rankings are indicative, too, of a trend: top NFL rookies tend to be boom or bust; baseball players are all over the map; basketball players typically become stars.
(Note: Numerous entities hand out top NFL rookie honors, but for our purposes this is a winner of the Associated Press award for either the top offensive or defensive rookie):
1) Adrian Peterson, NFL, 2007: Even with what transpired in the past year, Peterson will retire someday as one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game.
2) Maya Moore, WNBA, 2011: The Lynx hadn't made the playoffs for six consecutive seasons until Moore joined the team in 2011. Not only did they make it that year, but they also won the WNBA title. By her fourth season, she was the league MVP.
3) Randy Moss, NFL, 1998: He burst onto the scene, electrifying a fan base and taking the Vikings to the brink of the Super Bowl as a rookie. He had six great years here, a not-so-great-seventh, and some big accomplishments with New England.
4) Andrew Wiggins, NBA, 2015: This is lofty company, showing what I think of Wiggins' potential. He might not have the gear to become one of the greatest ever at his position like Peterson or Moss, but can I picture a day when he's one of the top 10-15 players in the NBA? Easily, and it's not that far off.
5) Seimone Augustus, WNBA, 2006: She's a five-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2011 finals — a great player, a smooth scorer and a huge part of the Lynx' success.
6) Chuck Knoblauch, MLB, 1991: His career and later his life took a downturn, but let's not forget that a rookie Knoblauch was a key to the 1991 World Series title and an in-his-prime Chuck was a sight to behold.
7) Percy Harvin, NFL, 2009: For as dynamic as Harvin can be, he has never had a 1,000-yard receiving season and is on his fourth NFL team.
8) Betty Lennox, WNBA, 2000: Won top rookie honors and then played just 16 more games with the Lynx before being traded.
9) Marty Cordova, MLB, 1995: A very good rookie year, a great second year … and then his production dipped.