Team atmosphere is definitely a game-changer in the development of a player, and while the Timberwolves aren’t a bad team, they don’t possess the powerhouse players and prestige the Warriors have carried the past few seasons.
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The Warriors have won the three out of past five NBA championships, creating a winning mentality among the players. That’s why this season in which they went 15-50 felt so strange. However, it was obvious this struggle wouldn’t last.
Play like a champion, act like a champion, be a champion — if Wiggins is fostered into a group that has been able to carry this mindset for years, he, too, will be able to rise to the competitive ranks of the Warriors and play like a champion with them.
Prior to the transfer, Wiggins was the highest-paid player on the 36-46 Timberwolves team that struggled to do much of anything a season ago.
He was also playing the most minutes for this struggling team. It is time for Wiggins to step out of the role in which the Timberwolves had him as a go-to scorer and join the Warriors for good where he can be nurtured and brought to his full potential.
The culture does matter, and Golden State will be able to get more out of Minnesota in few minutes.