The voting for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game currently is open, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave his bid on why he believes Andrew Wiggins deserves a spot.
In his third season with Golden State, Wiggins is averaging 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range.
But Kerr vouched for Wiggins’ contribution on the defensive end.
“He’s one of the best two-way players in the league,” Kerr told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Warriors-Jazz game in Utah. “Night in and night out he gives us 18 or 20 points. He’s shooting 42 percent from the three, he’s guarding the most difficult player on the court every single night at the other end. He’s taken on the role defensively that is just crucial to our team with Klay [Thompson] out.”
In his nine NBA seasons, Wiggins has yet to make the All-Star team. Kerr said Wiggins’ value on the court goes a long way.
Kerr also said the All-Star scouting should consider players on winning teams.
“At [6-foot-8], strong and athletic, he can switch on to bigs and hold his own, but also guard the smaller point guards in the league who cause so much havoc,” Kerr said on Saturday. “Just an incredibly valuable player. I also believe the All-Star Game should be about wins. You know, anytime there’s players that are close together in the balloting, the voting, I think being on winning teams should count for something. And obviously, we’ve had a great start to the season so I think Wiggs deserves to be an All-Star.”
And Kerr’s not the only one who believes Wiggins deserves a chance. NBA Twitter wants to see Wiggins at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland next month.
Fans vote on the five Western Conference starters and five Eastern Conference starters for the All-Star Game.
This year’s game will be held in Cleveland on Feb. 20.
Voting ends on Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. PST.