Andrew Wiggins was dealt to the Golden State Warriors along with two draft picks in exchange for D’Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman, and Jacob Evans on Wednesday. This trade sent shockwaves throughout the league. It came out of nowhere. The natural thing a fan does once a trade gets agreed upon, is to declare a winner. At first glance, I don’t see a clear-cut winner. Wiggins needed a change of scenery, and Russell knew he was just having a cup of coffee with the Warriors. Things weren’t working in Minnesota, and Golden State would have the worst defensive backcourt in basketball if D’Angelo and Steph Curry were to play together.
Andrew Wiggins made his Dubs debut last night. He was fantastic. Was it another flash in the pan for the former #1 overall pick? Previous signs are pointing towards yes being the answer. NBA fans have been getting teased for 5 years now. As a Wiggins fan myself, it’s been frustrating to say the least. He has so much athleticism, and a good feel for the game. How he hasn’t put it together yet is just puzzling. With Andrew Wiggins, his motor, and his will to be great have been questioned. A single playoff win is all he has to show so far for his career. Without Jimmy Butler, he would be at zero.
Last night, Wiggins was just playing basketball. No knowledge of the Warriors’ system, and no familiarity with his new teammates. He poured in 24 points, going 8/12 from the field, 3/4 from 3-point range, all while racking up 5 steals. You ever hear of a guy named LeBron James? Andrew Wiggins guarded him tremendously throughout the entirety of the game. Maybe I’m just a Wiggins apologist getting overexcited, but this is a great fit for him.
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