Andrew Wiggins had a big smile on his face after the Golden State Warriors won a nail-biter over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, 106-105, at Chase Center. Who can blame him? The Dubs have won four of their last five games after struggling out of the gates in the 2020-21 NBA season.
Speaking after his team escaped with the one-point win, a visibly cheery Wiggins opened up about being the happiest he has been in his seven-year pro career so far:
Interesting answer from Wiggins — on if this is happiest he’s been in career: “For sure. We’re winning. Everyone’s happy. We’re getting after it. And I feel like we’re only getting better. We have so much room to grow. So by the end result, I feel like we’re going to be great.”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 11, 2021
The 25-year-old Canadian added that Golden State will surely be a lot stronger when injured superstar Klay Thompson returns next year. Right now, Wiggins just wants to hold the fort in Thompson’s absence.
After a slow start in his first full year in Oakland, Wiggins has certainly elevated his play over the last couple of games. It’s no coincidence that the Warriors are finally winning now that he is playing better. The 6-foot-7 swingman played big for the Dubs against the Raptors, pouring in 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field and 3-of-10 from 3 to go along with four assists, two rebounds, and four blocks.
Apart from his scoring, it was his much-improved effort on the defensive end that was key to their victory. Wiggins had the task of defending Raptors forward Pascal Siakam on the final possession of the game. The former Rookie of The Year winner stood his ground and did a commendable job, forcing Siakam to miss what could have been the game-winner:
DUBS WIN 😅 pic.twitter.com/2hYQieqCgK
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 11, 2021
Before moving to Oakland, Wiggins endured years of losing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. While the former top overall pick has never been considered a total bust, he certainly has been a disappointment in his career.
While he obviously still has his flaws, it looks like Cheap Andrew Wiggins Jersey has found his home and is enjoying playing basketball once more.
By hitting a 3-pointer on Wednesday in Dallas against the Mavericks, Timberwolves wing Andrew Wiggins passed Cheap Anthony Peeler Jersey mark of 465 for most 3-pointers in team history.
With this 3, Andrew Wiggins became the all-time leader in team history for 3-pointers made. pic.twitter.com/7uh8Svp7TJ
— Kyle Ratke (@Kyle_Ratke) December 5, 2019
Peeler hit his 465 3-pointers in 379 games over six seasons (1997-2003) with the Wolves. Wiggins has done so in 417 games since being drafted in 2014-15.
Pan the camera to Anthony Peeler talking about how many 3-pointers he’d make in today’s game.
The 2019-20 season has been a career-altering season so far for Wiggins. His 2.3 3-pointers made per game are a career-high and a 0.7 increase from last season. Wiggins is shooting 34.3 percent from deep, up a percent from his season average.
Wiggins’ teammate Cheap Karl-Anthony Towns Jersey is right behind Wiggins and Peeler with 457 made 3-pointers. Towns has done that in just 340 games. His 3.8 3-pointers made in 2019-20 is not only a career-high but a mark that ranks second in the entire league behind only James Harden. This is your reminder that Karl-Anthony Towns is 7-feet tall.