If you think that Andrew Wiggins is not keenly aware of his critics, you are wrong.
If you think he lacks competitiveness, he wants to use it to burn you to death.
And, if you think he doesn’t care that his reputation is less than the sum of his gifts, then don’t watch or listen.
After the Warriors scored a team-high 17 points and blocked a career-high four shots in a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, Wiggins was in a post-game interview with NBC Sports Bay Area Voluntarily confessed what he wanted for most of his six-year career, and has been holding onto his image firmly.
“I just want to make a statement, do you know?”
Wiggins’ “narrative” has been and has been one of the offensive inefficiencies and defensive apathy for several years. When he was brought here by the Warriors in a deal last February, he sent D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wiggins’ “statement” is that he is not an inefficient air scorer. He shot well, made wise decisions and made key shots-coaches and teammates were lining up and beckoning while defending effectively.
“He is amazing,” Steph Curry said Sunday. “He accepted the challenge of one-on-one defense, was able to be physically strong, use his length, just let the players work hard.”
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After playing two games for Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard in 12 games, Wiggins was assigned to Toronto forward Pascal Sicam on Sunday. Pascal Siakam), the latter scored 25 points, most of which were in the transition or when Wiggins was not on the court.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr not only praised Wiggins’ defense, but also believes it is essential to the team’s ideals this season.
Kerr said: “We can now hire someone who can beat the opposing team’s best player, whether it’s Pascal Siakam, LeBron, Kawhi or Paul George. George)”. “The ability to allow Andrew to play his height and athleticism on these types of players is indeed the key to our current roster structure.”
Andrew Wiggins as the defensive core? This is a revelation. He is entering this field.
Wiggins’ 15 blocked shots reached 7-foot-1 center James Wiseman (James Wiseman), became the team leader, and his 110.8 points defensive points better than the Raptors Fred VanVleet and Oklahoma It is fitting that the first defensive player like Luguentz Dort of the Homer City Thunder gave James Harden’s Luguentz Dort in the playoffs last season.
Although coaches and teammates, including the unimpressive Draymond Green (Draymond Green) praised Wiggins (Wiggins), but the seventh grade Canadian believes that the environment has been positive for his entire game The impact, especially his defense.
“I feel like I always play well. I just think the culture here is different,” he said. “Here, everything is different, especially the guys behind me. It’s not just me on defense. We have Draymond, we have Steph, we have Kelly [Oubre Jr.] Be a hell. The people behind me, I know they have my support, which is great. “
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However, even though Wiggins hyped up for his defense, his offense through 10 games brought holes in the “narrative”. He averaged 17.5 points per game, shot 43.3% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the three-point line. The latter will be the best of his career.
“He is moving forward, integrating himself into the offense and finding his own way,” Damian Lee said. “Defensively-it’s not that I didn’t know that he could defend like this. Unless we are in the game, I won’t watch a lot of Minnesota games-but he definitely has to accept the challenge every night. For him, that It’s huge. He is a two-way player.
“Looking forward to Andrew becoming a two-way player, when Klay [Thompson] Back next year, there is another great two-way player there. ”
In the Warriors’ organizational chart, Lee is neither the general manager nor the CEO. But Bob Myers and Joe Lacob must fall in love with what they saw in a guy who will be awarded a nearly $95 million contract in the next three years.
If Wiggins continues to rise, he will be worth it. His name may even disappear from NBA gossip news. The new narrative will be that the warrior recruited him shrewdly, while the visionary unleashed his potential.