When the Warriors acquired forward Andrew Wiggins from the Timberwolves, the former No. 1 pick was supposed to be fourth in the pecking order on the team. After the injury to star guard Klay Thompson, however, the situation changed.
Wiggins, to his credit, has still found his way, mostly by playing sound defense. He’s also shot well from 3 and been a solid scorer near the basket as well.
According to 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, Wiggins is probably the happiest he’s ever been in his career. The championship culture, evident from three recently earned NBA Titles, has rubbed off on Wiggins. He’s not in Minnesota anymore, that’s for sure.
Here’s some more detail on Wiggins’ comments, courtesy of Anthony Slater and The Athletic.
“I just feel like here the culture’s different (than Minnesota),” Wiggins said. “Here everything is different, especially with the guys I have behind me. It’s not just me out there on defense. We’ve got Draymond, we’ve got Steph, we’ve got Kelly doing a hell of a job. The guys behind me, I know they’ve got my back and it’s great here.”Anthony Slater/The Athletic
He literally said “It’s great here.” You’ve got to be happy for Wiggins. I don’t like to disparage other NBA clubs because of the ooze that the Warriors had to crawl out of to win championships, but Golden State is a top fight franchise and a far cry from the TImbewolves. Wiggins hit the jackpot.
It’s impressive that coach Steve Kerr has managed to keep the pressure low for Wiggins, even after Thompson’s injury. Wiggins got off to a rough start but didn’t let that get to him, and he deserves most of the credit. And as long as he’s happy, the Warriors probably will be, too.