Warriors

Playing T-Wolves woke Wiggins up in best ways for Warriors

Warriors
Andrew Wiggins

The Warriors are six weeks into the season, and the mystery of whether or not they could contend without Klay Thompson for the beginning of the season seems like a distant memory.

So many things are going right for the Warriors right now that it's hard to pinpoint where their weaknesses are. At the moment, there aren't many.

Here are some notes and observations about the last week of action:

1. Post-KAT Wiggins still flourishing

Whether he needs Steph Curry for the pregame motivation or not, Andrew Wiggins still is playing excellent basketball, starting with his "revenge game" against his former Minnesota teammates.

Over the last 10 games, Wiggins is averaging 22.4 points per game on 55 percent shooting and 42 percent from deep. Wiggins also has stepped up his game on the defensive end, challenging the top scorer on the opposing teams most nights. 

While this surge might seem out of the ordinary, on the contrary, Wiggins has had a few 10-game stretches as a Warrior in which he has posted gaudy numbers. Just last season, Wiggins had a stretch of 10 games in which he scored over 23 points per contest and shot an incredible 56 percent from deep.

The key for Wiggins this season will be continuing his strong, efficient and locked-in play on a consistent basis throughout the year.

2. The Warriors still are dominating advanced metrics

Golden State not only is leading the league with an 18-2 record, they still are pacing the league in advanced metrics as well. 

The Warriors still are maintaining an NBA-best 99.4 defensive rating, and are second in offensive rating at 113 (trailing the Utah Jazz at 114.2). Combined, their net rating is far and away the best in the league at 13.6.

 

They also are first in the NBA in assist percentage, assist ratio, effective field goal percentage and player impact estimate.

3. Draymond Green consistently is distributing the ball

While he might not be putting up his career-best assist totals like he did last season, Draymond Green is playing as consistently as he ever has in terms of distributing the ball. 

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Of the 19 games that Green has played, he has dished out six assists or more in 18 of them. The one outlier game being a five-assist performance. Green is one of the key reasons the Warriors are leading the league in many assist categories, which is just another example of why he has been playing like an All-Star thus far this season.

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