Mitchell Wiggins

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Mitchell Wiggins
No. 15, 10
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1959-09-28) September 28, 1959 (age 55)
Kinston, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school North Lenoir
(LaGrange, North Carolina)
College Truett-McConnell CC (1978–1979)
Clemson (1979–1980)
Florida State (1981–1983)
NBA draft 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro career 1983–2003
Career history
1983–1984 Chicago Bulls
1984–1987 Houston Rockets
1987 Tampa Bay Stars (USBL)
1987–1988 Mississippi Jets (CBA)
1987–1988 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
1988 Jacksonville Hooters (USBL)
1989–1990 Houston Rockets
1991–1992 Philadelphia 76ers
1992 Fort Wayne Fury (CBA)
1992–1993 Oklahoma City Cavalry (CBA)
1993 Aurora Desio
1993–1994 Milon BC (Greece)
1994 Tondeña 65 Rhummasters (PBA)
1995–1996 Sporting BC (Greece)
1996–1997 Panionios BC (Greece)
1997–1998 Sporting BC
1998–1999 Limoges CSP (France)
2002 Hickory Nutz (CBL)
2002–2003 Spearfish Black Hills Heat (XBL)[1]
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
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Mitchell Lee Wiggins (born September 28, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player who played the shooting guard position.

High school / college career[edit]

Wiggins attended North Lenoir High School in LaGrange, North Carolina. He played collegiately at Truett-McConnell College, Clemson University and Florida State University.

Wiggins averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game during his two seasons at Florida State.

Professional career[edit]

Wiggins was selected by the Indiana Pacers as the 23rd overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. He never played for the Pacers, spending his rookie year playing in all 82 regular season games while averaging twelve points, four rebounds and two assists per game for the Chicago Bulls.

In the 1984 off-season, Wiggins signed with the Houston Rockets, fighting for a berth in the starting lineup with Lewis Lloyd. In late 1986, however, after the Rockets appeared in the 1986 NBA Finals, losing to the Boston Celtics, the pair tested positive for cocaine, incurring a two 1/2-year suspension from the league.[2]

Both Wiggins and Lloyd were reinstated for the 1989–90 season,[3] but the latter was soon released. Wiggins then enjoyed his best season in the National Basketball Association, appearing in 66 games and averaging 15.5 ppg; he was then also released, and returned two years later with the Philadelphia 76ers, which would be his final year in the league, having scored a total of 3,877 points.

Wiggins then moved to Europe and had a notable career in the Greek League playing for Milon Nea Smirni BC, Sporting Athens, and Panionios Nea Smirni. He also appeared for CSP Limoges in France, played for the Tondeña 65 Rhummasters in the Philippine Basketball Association and with several minor teams in his country.[4]

In the 2000s, Wiggins took a hand at coaching, in the lower leagues.[5]

National team[edit]

Wiggins played for the US national basketball team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, winning the silver medal.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Wiggins' youngest son, Andrew, was regarded as a top prospect at 18 years of age for top-tier college basketball programs in the United States,[7] and as of December 2012 was rated as the top prospect in the recruiting class of 2013. He was selected first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, making him the third Canadian player selected by the team in four years.[8] His oldest son, Mitchell Jr. played for Southeastern University and his middle son Nick Wiggins played for Wichita State University.[9][10] Both Mitchell Jr. and Nick were drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2014.[11] He also has three daughters: Stephanie, Angelica, and Taya.[12] His wife, Marita Payne-Wiggins, competed for Canada in track and field at the 1984 Summer Olympics, winning two silver medals.[8] Since 2002, the family has resided in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.[13]


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