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Why Adams believed Wiggins could be great defender on Warriors

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Andrew Wiggins was sensational in the Warriors' win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

The No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 draft racked up 38 points (17-for-24 from the field), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.

He was a team-best plus-14 in 40 minutes.

"At one point in this league, the mark of a really good player was he played in every game. Wiggins has played in every game," Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams said Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast" show. "He's shooting 48 percent from the floor, 38 percent from 3 [and] averaging almost 19 points a game.

"He's a tremendous defensive player, a fantastic teammate and I could keep going down the list. People do get labels. He's still a young player, he's still developing his game. He's had a fantastic year and he's a wonderful person to be around."

Wiggins throughout his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves was not considered a "plus" defender.

So why was Adams confident that the 26-year-old could thrive on that end of the floor with Golden State?

"Well he had good defensive at training at Minnesota. Tom Thibodeau was there," Adams said. "He's a terrific athlete, he's a pleaser -- he's got a big heart. Any one who is athletic like he is and durable like he is -- with length -- has a chance to be a good defender.

 

"It's just switching it on and putting your heart into it and understanding how important it is for your team."

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Wiggins probably won't make an All-Defensive team for the first time in his career, but he absolutely deserves serious consideration.

"My hat goes off to the guy," Adams added. "I've admired his play this year."

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