He initially questioned the Warriors trade for Andrew Wiggins, but NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh has started to get around it.
“I’ll admit it, I did not see Andrew Wiggins being very fit next to the other big three,” Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area, “basically because I think they need more protection and Andrew Wiggins does not have shown continued defense in his NBA career.He has played a little better in Golden State, and of course when surrounded by more talent, I think his game will rise to the level they need to play.
“He fired a little better from downtown. He’s not yet a 3-point shooter. In his numbers they scored a bit with a Golden State uniform, but really the best fit is just in positioning. They they needed three. “
The Wiggins, 25, averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 45.7 percent of field shots and 33.9 percent of the 3-point range in 12 games with the Warriors after being won by the Timberwolves of Minnesota in early February. Within those 12 games, he recorded five blocks in one race and four steals in another, hinting at his defensive potential.
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Very few of those productions came alongside Steph Curry and / or Draymond Green, and neither came alongside Klay Thompson. The Wiggins should have the benefit of playing with all three whenever the next season starts. He will be the third or fourth option for offense, and should be able to take advantage of the best separation he will have ever experienced at the professional level.
That means, if he is still in the Warriors.
“Andrew Wiggins, for me, is a viable option in all three positions,” Haberstroh continued, “but I think they will be interested to see what they can get in the trade market if they get the top ball first. number 1 – just to see what they can find in the market to improve on the veteran position.Because Andrew Wiggins has been in the play offs, but he’s not a guy who has tried the championship, and he certainly does not has been in the All-Star Caliber Level.So maybe they can get it by adding that total number to the number 1 if they get it.
“Andrew Wiggins – he’s a top-notch player, a guy with a lot of athleticism. But for me, he has not kept that promise. Maybe he will be in Steve Kerr’s system.”
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Warriors will find out exactly where their first round selection falls when the Grade Draft Lottery is held on August 20th. It is guaranteed to be a selection of the top five, but obviously the higher the selection, the more value it will have.
Golden State in full force may present the best situation yet for the Wiggins to live up to its potential, but it is possible we will never discover it.