4 reasons the Golden State Warriors will be just fine

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Belief in Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins was being gawked at and viewed as the number one overall selection since his sophomore year in high school. After what is typically viewed as a disappointing season at Kansas, Wiggins was still taken with the first overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and soon-after traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

After receiving the first overall selection in the following draft, the Timberwolves were ready to embark on what they were expecting to be a successful journey behind their two number one overall picks, Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Even though Wiggins could put the ball in the net, he did so at an inefficient rate. His defensive presence, or lack-there-of, made him a liability on that end, and his very limited offensive game, which was practically restricted to slashing and putting up a lot of shots, didn’t necessarily allow him to thrive.

After all this, Minnesota inexplicably offered Wiggins the max rookie extension, which will pay him $33.6 million in 2022-23.

Wiggins only played 12 games as a member of the Warriors before the suspension, but it was the most efficient portion of his career. Averaging 19.4 points per game on 51.1% effective field goal percentage was the most efficient he has ever played.

His defensive game also improved drastically, and he looks like he could be reviving his career in San Francisco. He’ll never live up to the tune of $30 million per season, so it’s important to get his contract out of your head while watching him. However, if he can accept being a third or fourth option and buy in to playing competitive defense, Wiggins can be a big part of this Warriors team.

All he has to do is play the Harrison Barnes role. Someone who can slash and create offense on their own when Steph and Klay rest, and someone who is willing to cut, shoot catch-and-shoot threes, and play hard defense.

Wiggins will never replace the production of Kevin Durant, but he can still be one of the best third options in the league.

If you look at the third options on some of the best teams in the league, they are guys like Eric Bledsoe, Fred VanVleet, Jaylen Brown, Lou Williams, and Will Barton, all players that it wouldn’t be unfeasible for Wiggins to be on the level of.

All Wiggins has to do is compliment Curry and Thompson, and with how good they are offensively, that shouldn’t be difficult. I’d expect a reviving of Andrew Wiggins’ career next season.