NBA News: Warriors’ Golden X-Factors
Andrew Wiggins was off to a slow start in his first full season with the Warriors. Wiggins came to the Bay Area in February 2020 following an up-and-down 5 ½ year stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves. This is partly due to a combination of Wiggins’ making questionable play-making decisions and him not getting used to playing right next to Steph Curry.
In fact, most NBA analysts and fans were already counting Wiggins out this season, with others calling him a ‘bust’. But Andrew Wiggins has heard all the chatter and is getting the work done as this season is rolling along. Wiggins suddenly found his niche and began to settle in nicely with the Warriors. And Wiggins is finally showing his growth in the Warriors’ system and is allowing the game to come to him. Wiggins has now become more relaxed and confident in creating for his own shots, more willing to share the ball to his teammates, and more locked in shutting down the opposition defensively. With Wiggins acting more naturally when he plays his own style of basketball not only increased his productivity but also the team’s raw performance.
So far, Wiggins’ persistence and hard work is finally paying off for him. Wiggins is currently averaging 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game on the season. To Wiggins’ credit, he was one of the key guys in helping Curry defeat two of the West’s strongest, the Lakers and Clippers. Thanks to Wiggins’ offensive and defensive support, the Warriors were able to beat the Clips in their second matchup. Wiggins also played an instrumental role in the Warriors’ comeback win against the Lakers.
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