Andrew Wiggins spent most of his career as the go-to-guy for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his first full season as a sidekick to Steph Curry, Wiggins is flourishing with the Warriors.
Not only is Wiggins the team’s iron man playing in all 70 games this season, but he’s putting up some of the best shooting numbers of his career.
While Wiggins’ average of 18.6 points per game is slightly below his career average of 19.5, he doesn’t need to force shots or try to put the offense on his back. The offense is obviously centered around Steph, who wears out opposing defenses and consistently scrapes defenders off with screens.
That lets Wiggins pick his spots and his overall field goal percentage of 47.6 is the highest of his career, while his 14.9 shot attempts per game are the lowest since his rookie season in 2014-15.
That’s not to say Wiggins is incapable of being the Warriors’ top dog on a given night. Wiggins took over Tuesday night’s 122-116 win over the Phoenix Suns with 38 points on a night when Curry was double-, triple- and quadruple-teamed.
Wiggins deserves credit for his defensive development this year. The fact that he is heating up as a scorer with an average of 23.4 points in the past eight games is huge for Golden State, entering the final two games of the regular season before next week’s play-in tournament.
You can see why coach Steve Kerr is so excited to see Wiggins, Thompson, and Curry together in the backcourt next season.