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Andrew Wiggins becomes 11th-youngest player in NBA history to score 8,000 career points

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Andrew Wiggins (NBA Getty Images)

In Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins scored the 8,000th point of his career.

Why is that notable? Wiggins is now the 11th youngest player in NBA history to reach that mark.

Wiggins entered the game 10 points shy of 8,000 career points. He joins some impressive company in the process: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O'Neal, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dwight Howard, Bob McAdoo and John Drew are the only players to score that many points at a younger age.

All but one of those players - John Drew - are either Hall of Famers or future Hall of Famers.

Wiggins has gotten the 2019-20 season off to a promising start. Entering Monday's contest, the Canadian was averaging 24.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. The point and assists are the highest marks of his career.

Additionally, Wiggins was shooting 46.0 percent from the field, representing another career-high.

MORE: Is Wiggins starting to figure it out?

With Wiggins on the court, the Timberwolves have been scoring at a rate of 106.1 points per 100 possessions. That's way up from the 93.0 points per 100 possessions Minnesota is averaging when he's on the bench.

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