September 28, 1959 |
Kinston, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||North Lenoir
(LaGrange, North Carolina)
|College||Truett-McConnell CC (1978–1979)
Florida State (1981–1983)
|NBA draft||1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|1987||Tampa Bay Stars (USBL)|
|1987–1988||Mississippi Jets (CBA)|
|1987–1988||Quad City Thunder (CBA)|
|1988||Jacksonville Hooters (USBL)|
|1992||Fort Wayne Fury (CBA)|
|1992–1993||Oklahoma City Cavalry (CBA)|
|1993–1994||Milon BC (Greece)|
|1994||Tondeña 65 Rhummasters (PBA)|
|1995–1996||Sporting BC (Greece)|
|1996–1997||Panionios BC (Greece)|
|1998–1999||Limoges CSP (France)|
|2002||Hickory Nutz (CBL)|
|2002–2003||Spearfish Black Hills Heat (XBL)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school / college career
Wiggins averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game during his two seasons at Florida State.
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.
Both Wiggins and Lloyd were reinstated for the 1989–90 season, 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.
In the 2000s, Wiggins took a hand at coaching, in the lower leagues.
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, 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. His oldest son, Mitchell Jr. played for Southeastern University and his middle son Nick Wiggins played for Wichita State University. Both Mitchell Jr. and Nick were drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2014. He also has three daughters: Stephanie, Angelica, and Taya. His wife, Marita Payne-Wiggins, competed for Canada in track and field at the 1984 Summer Olympics, winning two silver medals. Since 2002, the family has resided in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.
- Lloyd and Wiggins of Rockets banned for drug use; The New York Times, 14 January 1987
- Lloyd reinstated; The New York Times, 9 September 1989
- Basketpedya career data
- Area scene: Ex-Rocket Wiggins to coach Spearfish XBA; Rapid City Journal, 29 November 2002
- 1982 USA Basketball
- Andrew Wiggins: Next superstar?; NBADraft.net
- Medcalf, Myron (July 9, 2012). "From Canada to college basketball". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- "Southeastern Forward Mitchell Wiggins Jr. Selected By Globetrotters". The Lakeland Ledger. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
- "Nick Wiggins Bio". Wichita State University. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
- Dodd, Rustin. KU's Andrew Wiggins followed Naismith's path to Lawrence The Kansas City Star. Accessed on March 22, 2014.
- NBA.com profile
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Stats at BasketballReference