Fewer minutes: Andrew Wiggins
The Warriors can no longer wait on Wiggins. He played a crucial role during their championship run in 2022, and the team needs his defense, but the production is not there. Wiggins started his first 21 games this season, despite his struggles before coming off the bench for the first time on Dec. 14. It was long past time for head coach Steve Kerr to change things up.
Wiggins is averaging 12.0 points and 4.3 rebounds, while shooting 41.4 percent shooting from the field and 26.4 percent on his 3-point attempts. He has a negative assist-to-turnover ratio and a 45.2 effective field goal percentage. By value over replacement player (VORP), Wiggins rates 495th in the NBA at negative-0.8 with only former Warrior Jordan Poole being worse.
The All-Star wing has been virtually unplayable in his first 22 games. His minutes are down to 26.6 per game, but nothing helps. He continues to miss shots, turn the ball over, and struggle on both ends of the floor.
Coach Kerr needs to play him off the bench and limit his minutes until his play improves. They cannot have Andrew Wiggins playing even 25 minutes per game as one of the worst players in the league. Will a benching and a renewed focus get him back on track? Anything is worth trying at this point.