The Golden State Warriors brought in small forward Andrew Wiggins prior to the 2020 trade deadline, and they’re excited at what he may bring next season.
It wasn’t expected, but the Golden State Warriors moved on from D’Angelo Russell before we were really able to him gel with the Splash Bros. He got four games with Stephen Curry and didn’t share the court at all with Klay Thompson.
Russell has a bright future, and he’s certainly still ascending to his peak. However, he didn’t fit the puzzle, and that’s fine. Traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Russell will join good friend Karl-Anthony Towns.
He was dealt for Wiggins and a 2021 protected first-round pick among a few other assets that exchange franchises. Is Wiggins the quintessential fit for Golden State? Maybe not, but Steve Kerr does believe his style with mesh with that of his superstar backcourt.
According to Steve Kerr, who joined The Athletic’s David Aldridge on the “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast (subscription required), the fit with Wiggins and the splash brothers is an excellent one given the former No. 1 overall’s fit on both ends of the court.
Wiggins, prior to the league’s mid-March coronavirus suspension, was able to get a few games in with the Warriors. The former Cavaliers and Timberwolves forward came in and put up 19.4 points per game.
He shot 46% from the field and 34% from downtown. Given the team’s injuries, an issue that helped result in their 15-50 record, the Warriors weren’t able to see Wiggins alongside Curry and Thompson.
That’s one thing that will be most anticipated about the team’s return to the court for the 2020-2021 season. A gifted scorer that has steadily improved his defense and shooting, Wiggins should be able to slide into the Harrison Barnes-like role.
He isn’t expected to come in and replace Kevin Durant. Wiggins doesn’t need to be Durant for this team to be a title contender. He needs to be a lockdown defender and efficient shooter — there’s hope he can be just that.