Warriors

Kerr reveals aspect of Wiggins' game that impresses him most

Warriors

Andrew Wiggins truly is having a very good season.

The Warriors forward is averaging 18.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks, while shooting a career-high 47.4 percent overall and a career-high 39.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Is there an aspect of Wiggins' game that stands out the most to Steve Kerr?

"There's a lot. One of the most impressive things is he just never misses a game," Golden State's coach told the media Wednesday. "So valuable to be able to count on players night in and night out. It's like a baseball team having a starting pitcher who just eats up innings. It saves your bullpen.

"Same concept in the NBA. When you got a guy on the wing who never misses a game and plays minutes -- it's so valuable. That's number one."

The Warriors have played 47 games, and Andrew Wiggins has suited up for ...

... 47 games.

Anything else?

"His on-ball defense has been really good," Kerr said. "He's shooting the ball very efficiently. All in all, he's having an excellent year. He's getting more and more comfortable playing alongside Steph [Curry] and Draymond [Green].

"As we go forward, it's just great that he's not only playing well, but feeling good about his surroundings, his teammates, the style of play [and] everything else."

And as Wiggins said back in early January:

There is one area Kerr and the coaching staff would like to see some improvement.

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"We've talked about off-ball defense being the next step for him," Kerr said. "He has a tendency -- like a lot of players in the league -- to be better on the ball than off the ball. We're really working hard to show film and remind him once his guy gives up the ball, he's gotta be vigilant -- aware of cutters, boxing out on the weak side.

 

"The great thing with Andrew is he's really so receptive to coaching. He's just a guy you can count on night in and night out."

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