The Golden State Warriors made the correct move to trade for Andrew Wiggins but D’Angelo Russell still has a brighter future.
Russell has been making strides as a scorer in recent years. Already a top-notch playmaker, Russell began to develop an offensive game that transformed him into an All-Star. With the Minnesota Timberwolves, D-Lo can take things to the next level.
Meanwhile, Wiggins is going to gradually begin taking on a smaller role in Golden State. He is no longer expected to be a star. Rather, the Dubs need Wiggins to do his job and play within his comfort zone.
This means as Wiggins is embracing a more limited playstyle, Russell will be blossoming alongside Karl-Anthony Towns as they look to become playoff contenders in the Western Conference.
Of course, Wiggins could end up seeing much more success with the Warriors as the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will help them compete for championships across the next few seasons.
However, from a talent perspective, Russell has a brighter future. It is likely we see this 24-year old reach multiple All-Star Games by the end of his career. In contrast, Wiggins may never reach All-Star Weekend as the third option on the Dubs.
This isn’t a bad thing. I’m sure most players would opt for a chance to win titles over a few individual accolades anyways. Unless the Wolves find a way to put a solid supporting cast around Towns and Russell, they won’t be winning titles anytime soon.
The Warriors gave up the more talented player in their trade with Minnesota but that doesn’t mean they lost the trade. Sometimes, the correct fit means more than having a better overall player.