Jim Barnett frustrated with Wiggins in one specific area

March 05, 2021

Andrew Wiggins went 6-for-11 from the field Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns, but it was in a game everybody pretty much knew the Warriors would lose hours before the opening tip because they were resting Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

And over the prior 16 games, the 26-year-old shot 44.6 percent overall and 28 percent from 3-point territory.

In general, his offensive production has declined after a strong start to the season.

"It can be very frustrating watching that," Warriors radio analyst Jim Barnett said Friday on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" show. "I see so many games 6-of-15 from the field.

"And the 3-point range -- inconsistent. He has open shots and he's not making open shots when no one is on him. If you miss, you should either be long or short. I don't like left, and I don't like right.

"I don't like shooters who do that."

When you dive into the numbers, Barnett is correct.

Barnett did praise Wiggins' work on the other end of the floor, calling him a "helluva defender." And he said that the Warriors made the right move by acquiring him for D'Angelo Russell.

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But he did close with one more gripe.

"The free throws are very frustrating to me, too," Barnett added.

Hard to blame him there when you consider Wiggins is shooting 67.2 percent from the line.

That number needs to improve in the second half of the season.

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