Andrew Wiggins has certainly had one of the more fun seasons in recent memory for the Golden State Warriors. At this point, the former #1 pick is probably Janet Jackson’s rival as the physical embodiment of the phrase, “What have you done for me lately?”
In just six months, Wiggins had gone from being Steph Curry’s Maverick (with Klay Thompson gone) and a clear The All-Star chose to be the person who was supposed to benefit from the Twitter musings of a K-pop star, a scapegoat for his team’s struggles and someone Steve Kerr shouldn’t have played.
Still, Wiggins is fully aware that he can turn the story in his favor by putting his A-game on duty for the heating up Larry O’Brien Trophy.
“There’s no better way to do it than in the knockout stages. I want to help this team go far and win it all. I feel it would be a perfect story for all of us,” said Wiggins. “I want to show people what I can do. I want it bad. And there is no bigger stage out there.”
How he performs on that stage can determine his own fate as well as that of his team.
What is at stake?
Wiggins averaged 17.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game between 2021-22. He also takes a respectable 46.6% of shots overall and 39.3% from depth. While many players would kill for that sort of thing, the 27-year-old understands he has something to prove in post-season play.
“I wasn’t in a good rhythm and I didn’t really take a lot of shots,” he said of some of the end-of-season struggles. “I feel like I’m in for some fun and maybe it affects both sides.”
However, he firmly believes that he is on the right track for now. And he fully expects that to continue on its way up in the knockout stages.
“The last two games, I was in a better position. Percent wise, I’ve taken better shots. I feel like I was better at a great time. It’s playoff time now, so I’m ready for it. ”
A strong performance over the next few weeks could go a long way to securing his future. Wiggins is expected to drop $33.6 million next season, but he will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2023. If he wants to secure another big payday – be it with the Warriors or some other team – now is the time to go out and earn it.
Meanwhile, all because of the 7th championship for the Warriors. And with questions about Curry’s health, the Warriors’ complete lack of a true striker, the inexperience of the young team and the difficult road ahead, the team is trusting Wiggins to be himself.
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Wiggins lights it up in reality
As it happens, reports of the team’s latest training session indicate that Wiggins is on another level now. If he can continue that momentum into Game 1 with the Nuggets on Saturday and beyond, Golden State could be in really good form.
“He was assertive and aggressive, and he looked so fresh,” Curry said of Wiggins, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “That’s what we want to see. Whether we have to put on our training jerseys and remind him of what he did today and how he played, anything we can do to cheer him up in that respect. , we will do. ”
Kerr added: “He had a great training session. I mean, he’s dominant… I love what I see, just the way he finds his shot, attacking the perimeter, defending aggressively. Andrew is amazing.”
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