A handful of people were stunned when Andrew Wiggins was announced as a starter in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. Now, even more, people are stunned to see where the Golden State Warriors star has been placed in ESPN’s Top 100.
In ESPN’s yearly ranking of the best 100 NBA players, Wiggins placed 32nd, ahead of names like Kyrie Irving (33) and even Klay Thompson (37).
Other Warriors on the list include Draymond Green (43) and Jordan Poole (55).
Stephen Curry’s position has not been revealed just yet as the top 25 are set to be announced at a later date.
We can all assume Curry is somewhere in the top three — possibly even in first place.
Andrew Wiggins is one of the best players in the NBA and fans will have to acknowledge his value to the Golden State Warriors.
The reaction on social media has been dramatic, as expected, with some fans irate that Wiggins has been placed so high on the list.
Just as many could not understand how Wiggins was selected to be a starter in the All-Star Game — people are now questioning what makes Wiggins a top 32 player in the NBA.
It’s simple, really.
We are only a few months removed from a championship-winning performance from Wiggins, where he averaged 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds while defending Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum for the entire NBA Finals.
This comes after Wiggins faced a gauntlet of superstar players in the Western Conference. He took the challenge of containing Luka Doncic in the WCF and played his fair share of defense against the wings in Memphis and Denver.
On top of this, he played 73 games in the regular season — acting as a sturdy presence for the entire year while other players, such as Irving, could hardly keep themselves on the court.
Without Wiggins, the Dubs do not sniff a trophy last season. This alone is enough reason to rank him so high.