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Watch how Wiggins played better vs. Kings than stats showed

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Andrew Wiggins did not shoot the ball well Tuesday, as he went 4-for-12 from the field and 1-for-5 from deep in the Warriors' 114-113 preseason loss to the Kings.

In Golden State's 107-105 win over the Denver Nuggets last Saturday, he made his first two 3s before missing his next four attempts.

"Offensively, [he has] been fine," Steve Kerr told the media Tuesday night. "Kind of a typical preseason for a guy who has been around the league for a long time -- just getting his legs and his rhythm.

"I'm sure as we go [forward], we'll start adding more sets for him and trying to free him up for shots."

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Wiggins forced a couple tough ones against the Kings, and airballed an open midrange jumper after securing a loose ball. He allowed Buddy Hield to force a jump ball by not protecting the rock on a drive to the basket that probably should have resulted in a dunk or layup. And at times, he looks a little unsure about when to shoot or pass.

But speaking of passing -- the 25-year-old dished out four assists in Sacramento, and he could have had more.

 

As for the other end of the floor, the Warriors are pleased with what they have seen from Wiggins so far.

"His defense has been really good, and that's been our focus," Kerr said. "We want him to be a big-time defender, and his energy and activity on that end has been great."

Overall, Wiggins still is getting used to playing alongside Steph Curry and his other new teammates. He will have to adjust again with Draymond Green back in the fold very soon.

There will be bumps in the road and the No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 draft surely will be criticized at times on social media.

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But there will be plenty of nights when Wiggins has a net-positive impact on the game, even if his shooting percentages aren't ideal.

"I just want to see him play the game in a way that helps us win," Golden State's executive VP of basketball operations Kirk Lacob told NBC Sports Bay Area in August. "We know he's a talented basketball player. Nobody is going to argue that.

"Can he bring those talents and learn, 'What do I do best with this squad to help win?' That's all that I really care about. I don't care how many points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks he averages.

"I want to see him really happy when we win a bunch of games. I want to see him high-fiving our other guys."

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