The Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves just before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.
Naturally, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to pick Thibs' brain.
“We had just traded for Andrew Wiggins and he was really helpful,’’ Kerr told Marc Berman of The New York Post over the weekend. “I had a long conversation with [Thibodeau] about Andrew.
"He gave me some good advice on ways to connect with Andrew, how much he enjoyed coaching him and why."
The chat certainly helped.
Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals over 12 games with the Dubs, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.
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“He showed some X’s and O’s and went over some actions they ran for [Wiggins],” Kerr said. “Some of the things they were trying to do."
This is reallllllllllly nice work from Andrew Wiggins pic.twitter.com/zCVCKw87zs— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 8, 2020
Andrew Wiggins dished out 10 assists tonight. I think this was my favorite one pic.twitter.com/ukmw1tjMkP— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 4, 2020
The Warriors' coaching staff was very pleased with what they saw from the 25-year-old in a short amount of time, and are confident he will thrive playing alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Wiggins fills a need on the wing, and the goal is for him to become a lock-down defender.
Andrew Wiggins’ first defensive possession with the Warriors = solid 1-on-1 defense against LeBron James pic.twitter.com/EOj9LjWk1T— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) February 9, 2020
Andrew Wiggins showing off his defensive capabilities with the nice block on a driving Tobias Harris pic.twitter.com/XA2BFEIvwK— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 8, 2020
"I was particularly pleased with his defense, especially on the ball," assistant coach Ron Adams told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami in early June. "I just thought he did a really good job. And against the best players in the league, he really enjoys playing against them and actually picks his game up when he did play against those guys.
“The sky’s the limit for this guy."