Devin Booker vs Andrew Wiggins

Devin Booker vs Andrew Wiggins

Scoring Devin Booker Andrew Wiggins
2016-2018 Booker

2015-2018 Wiggins

·         32.2mpg

·         19.8ppg

·         6.9/16.1 (42.6%) FGS

·         46.9% of FGMs came off an ast

·         104 ORTG

·         39.2mpg

·         19.7ppg

·         7.1/16.2 (44.7%) FGs

·         54.1% of FGMs came off an ast

·         104 ORTG

 

Shooting Devin Booker Andrew Wiggins
2016-2018 Booker

2015-2018 Wiggins

·         1.9/5.2 (36.5%) on 3s

·         4.2/4.9 (84.9%) FTs

·          426/739 (57.6) in R.A.

·         178/455 (39.1%) in paint non R.A.

·         428/1080 (39.6%) from midrange

·         336/794 (42.3%) off catch and shoot

·         246/635 (38.7%) off catch and shoot 3s

·         509/1376 (36.9%) on pull ups

·         148/430 (34.4%) on pull up 3s

·         54.2 True Shooting %

·         1.0/2.9 (33%) on 3s

·         4.3 /5.8 (74%) on FTs

·         1079/1636 65.9% R.A.

·         342/720 (47.5%) in paint non R.A.

·         637/1852 (34.3%) from midrange

·         358/955 (37.4%) off catch and shoot

·         242/674 (35.9%) off catch and shoot 3s

·         663/1968 (33.6%) on pull ups

·         68/267 (25.4%) on pull up 3s

·         52.6 True Shooting %

Thoughts: Outside of attacking the rim it is clear who overall the better scorer is. Devin Booker was better from midrange, catch and shoot, pull ups, 3s, free throws while Wiggins just shot better in the restricted area and in the paint non R.A.

Defense Devin Booker Andrew Wiggins
2016-2018 Booker

2015-2018 Wiggins

·         Held his man to 965/2089(46.1%) shooting

·         Held his man to 323/836 (38.6%) on 3s

·         Held his man to 642/1251 (51.3%) on 2s

·         On Iso D: 50/109 (45.8%)

·         1.5 deflections per game

·         1.55 loose balls recovered

·         6.3 contested shots

·         Held his man to 1977/4153 (47.6%) shooting

·         Held his man to 610/1641 (37.1%) on 3s

·         Held his man to 1367/2562 (53.3%) on 2s

·         On Iso D: 73/206 (35.4%)

·         1.7 deflections per game

·         1.05 loose balls recovered

·         9.15 contested shots

Comments: Wiggins does hustle more on the defensive end, on isolation defense he’ll hold his man to a lower field goal percentage, contests more shots in more mins, BUT Booker does hold his man to a lower field goal percentage when defending 3s, 2s, and overall FGs.

 

Playmaking Devin Booker Andrew Wiggins
2015-2018 Booker

2016-2018 Wiggins

·         3.5apg

·         32.5 passes per game

·         7.8 potential asts

·         56.1 touches per game

·         3.5 secs per poss.

·         Generated 8.1ppg off asts

·         2.1apg

·         23.7 passes per game

·         4.6 potential asts

·         46.1 touches per game

·         2.97 secs per poss.

·         Generated 4.8ppg off asts.

Thoughts: Yeaaaah Booker is clearly more of a playmaker than Andrew Wiggins is. To be fair, Andrew did play with better point guards, but his decision making process is on the same level as Jr Smith, that tells you something.

Rebounding Devin Booker Andrew Wiggins
2016-2018 Booker

2015-2018 Wiggins

·         3.3rpg

·         .5 offensive rebs

·         2.8 defensive rebs

·         0.56 contested rebs

·         4.1rpg

·         1.3 offensive rebs

·         2.8 defensive rebs

·         1.6 contested rebs

Comments: Yes Wiggins is two inches taller, but plays with a much better rebounder (KAT), the numbers clearly point to Andrew Wiggins.

4th Q crunch time Devin Booker Andrew Wiggins
2016-2018 Booker

2015-2018 Wiggins

·         92 games

·         268 mins

·         183 pts

·         66/151 (43.7%) FGs

·         16/47 (34%) on 3s

·         45/55 (82%) on FTs

·         24 rebs

·         17 asts

·         161 games

·         594 mins

·         348 pts

·         112/271 (41.3%) FGs

·         11/45 on 3s (24.4%)

·         113/158 (71.5%) on FTs

·         91 rebs

·         25 asts

Thoughts: Now obviously in 326 more minutes played Wiggins will have a higher total in pts, FGMs, rebs, and asts, but if we looked at what they averaged per game Wiggins still has the edge, although as we can see Booker is more of a clutch 3pt shooter and from the FT line as well.

Conclusion

Honestly it was a bit closer than I originally thought it would be, but I’d take Booker almost any day of the week only because A, more of an offensive threat, can set up plays for teammates, plays with more heart and has more potential, having said that BOTH players got disrespected by ESPN’S and Sports Illustrated top 100 players list.

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