Golden State Warriors small forward Andrew Wiggins has been on a tear since being traded to his new team giving hope for his future in San Francisco.
In three games for the Golden State Warriors, small forward Andrew Wiggins has been playing sensational in this change of scenery. Going into the All-Star break with a hot hand, the future looks bright for the team if he can sustain this recent success.
Heading into the All-Star break with a 12-43 record, the Warriors have not had too many positive takeaways to this point in the year.
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However, after the team blew up the D’Angelo Russell experiment before we could see a fully healthy roster, the team got a better positional fit in Andrew Wiggins. Since then, the forward has been on a tear, performing as if he has a massive chip on his shoulder.
The Kevin Durant departure in the offseason left a gaping hole in the Warriors’ small forward spot, one that has haunted them. Regardless, the newly acquired Wiggins has been playing great basketball in his short time with the team and has the potential to fix this issue as the long-term fit.
In three games since joining the Warriors, Wiggins has been the team’s leading scorer with a stellar 23.0 points per game. The 24-year-old has been scoring at will each game, shooting an impressive 57.5 percent from the field.
Comparing this sample to his regular-season stats of 22.5 points per game on 45.1 percent field goal shooting, Wiggins has been much improved. Yet, the most impressive increase in his game has been the three-point shooting, where Wiggins has improved drastically.
With his regular-season average currently sitting at a subpar 34.1 percent, Wiggins has been lights out since joining the Warriors, shooting a spectacular 53.3 percent from deep.
However, while Wiggins impresses on the offensive end, he has also made a massive impact on the defensive side of the ball. Averaging 1.7 blocks and 2.3 steals per game thus far, the forward has been great.
Sustaining this high level of play could become problematic for Wiggins, but for now, fans of the Warriors should give him a chance he rightfully deserves.
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He has meshed into this lineup perfectly, and although this season has been one that fans would like to erase from their memories, this acquisition has the potential to become something special.
After struggling to live up to his name as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the former first overall pick is ready to change the narrative with the Warriors.
Playing as if he has something to prove right now, Wiggins could help boost the team back into contention in that third scoring option role.
We likely will not get to see the Curry, Thompson, and Wiggins trio in action together this season, but their potential once healthy is endless.
These three games might be a small scale to make assumptions off of, but they could also be the start of something special brewing.