If you thought Andrew Wiggins was not fully aware of his critics, you would be wrong.
If you think he lacks competition, he wants to burn you with it.
And if you thought he didn’t care about his reputation for being less than the sum of his gifts, he wasn’t watching or listening.
After the team scored 17 points, the highest level Block four high-level shots With the Warriors halting the Toronto Raptors to a 106-105 win on Sunday, Wiggins in a post-game interview with NBC Sports Bay Area voluntarily acknowledged what he’d like to do with the image that has clung to him for most of his six years. Career Path Career Path.
“I’m just trying to make a statement, you know?” He said. “Just try to change this narrative, come here and work hard and do what I have to do to win. And chase it defensively.”
Wiggins’ “novel”, and has been so for several years, is characterized by inefficiency in dealing with attack and indifference in defense. He brought it with him last February, when the Warriors acquired him in a deal that sent D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The “statement” Wiggins makes is that he is not an inefficient and empty calorie register. He shoots so well, makes smart decisions and makes decisive shots – all while playing defense so effectively that coaches and teammates line up to throw his way.
On Sunday, Steve Curry said, “It was amazing.” “He faced challenges in a 1-on-1 defense, being able to show off the body, using his height, and just getting players to work.”
After Clippers defense star attacking Kawhi Leonard in shooting 2 of 12 Over two matches, Wiggins is set for Sunday Toronto star Pascal Siakam, Who scored 25 points, most of them working on switches or while Wiggins was off the ground.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr not only praised Weggins’ defense, but described it as essential to the team’s aspirations this season.
“We now have someone who we can put on the best player in the opposing team, whether it is Pascal Siakam, LeBron, Cohey or Paul George,” Kerr said. “Being able to put Andrew on those types of players to use his size and sports life is really the key to building our current roster.”
Andrew Wiggins as a defensive heart? This is a revelation. He is moving into this world.
Wiggins’ 15 shots topped 7 feet 1 in James Wiseman’s team leadership position, and his defensive rating of 110.8 beats first-defense players like Fred Vanfleet of the Raptors and Luggins Dort of the Oklahoma City Thunder – the same Luguentz Dort who gave James Harden the spells. The last after the season.
While coaches and teammates, including Draymond Green, who are hard to impress with admiration, take credit for Wiggins, Al-Kindi cites seventh year that the environment has a positive effect on his entire game, most notably his defense.
“I feel like I’ve always played good defense; I just feel the culture here is different.” “Here, everything is different, especially with the men behind me. Not only am I in defense. We have Draymond, we have Steph, we have Kelly.” [Oubre Jr.] Do a hell of a job. The men behind me, I know they support me, and it’s great here. “
However, even as Wiggins draws enthusiasm for his defense, his 10-game attack also pokes holes in the “narrative”. He averages 17.5 per game points, shoots 43.3 per cent off the field and 38.5 per cent off the arc. The latter would be the best of his career.
Damion told me, “He is coming, integrating himself into crime and finding his way.” “Defensively – not to say I didn’t know he could go on guard like this, I’ve only seen so much Minnesota if we were playing it – but he’s definitely taking on the challenge every night. For him that’s huge. He’s a two-way player.”
“It would be fun to look forward with Andrew being a two-way player and when Clay [Thompson] Next year will be back with another great player in both directions too. ”
In the Warriors organizational chart, I have neither a General Manager nor an CEO. But Bob Myers and Joe Lacob should love what they see from a man whose contract would require nearly $ 95 million over the next three years.
If Wiggins keeps going, he will be worth the money. His name might even fade from the NBA trade gossip and the new narrative would be that the warriors were adept at acquiring him and visions of unleashing his potential.