Back and forth Wiggins went from Minnesota to All-Star starter

2022-04-28 0 By

The Jan. 28 home game against the Timberwolves was just another regular season game for the Warriors.But for Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins, the game might have some special meaning.Just before the game, the NBA announced the eastern conference and Western Conference starters for the 2022 All-Star game.Wiggins was woken up from a pre-game nap, and the team’s staff came to tell him, “You’re a starter for the All-Star game.”For a moment Wiggins even thought he was dreaming.Then, one by one, the Warriors came over, celebrating wildly and congratulating Wiggins.In a joyous atmosphere, Wiggins changed his clothes and walked into the Warriors’ home court with his teammates.The Warriors’ opponent on this day is the Timberwolves, which Wiggins knows all too well.Karl-anthony Towns is a close friend of Wiggins.Wiggins played alongside Towns for five of his six seasons with the Timberwolves.Between Wiggins, the 2014 No. 1 overall pick, and Towns, the 2015 no. 1 overall pick, the Timberwolves chose Towns as the team’s core for the future.For that, the Timberwolves were willing to use Wiggins plus a first-round pick, a second-round pick from the Warriors to get Towns friend D ‘Angelo Russell.The Timberwolves clearly recognize Towns more than Wiggins.Towns is better than Wiggins in some ways.Towns was more vocal off the court and more accountable on the court, boldly expressing his displeasure with coach Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler, something Wiggins never did.Fans will always remember Wiggins as a gentle smile for the cameras and a calm expression in front of the media.In order to develop Wiggins, the Timberwolves also thought of many ways to stimulate his potential.In his rookie season, Wiggins played more minutes than any other Timberwolves player by a wide margin than Kevin Martin.When Wiggins was in his second year, the Timberwolves decided to establish him as the core of the perimeter by putting Zach lavine, who had the highest 3-point shooting percentage in the team and was already a budding star, on the bench.Tom Thibodeau was fully in charge of the Timberwolves during the 2016-17 season.Thibodeau admires Wiggins’ physique and balanced offense and defense, so he’s been the wolves’ focal point on both ends of the court most of the time.Like RJ Barrett of the Knicks today, Wiggins quickly rose to more than 3,000 minutes per season thanks to Thibodeau’s popularity, making him the league’s most prolific player that season.Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett returned to target Center for an interview during the 2018-19 season.Garnett interviewed both Towns and Wiggins.Towns was far more talkative than Wiggins, talking about the team’s culture, his relationship with Jimmy Butler, who has moved to the Sixers, and his thoughts on new coach Ryan Sanders.Wiggins, on the other hand, was somewhat reserved, answering Garnett’s questions sentence by sentence.Garnett tried to inspire Wiggins as a mentor, asking him, “When are you going to be an All-Star?”Wiggins breezily replied, “I want to be in next year.”Towns, sitting next to him, is an All-Star for the second year in a row.The 2019-20 season was a time when the Timberwolves began to establish a new order, a new culture, after removing the traces of Thibodeau.At the beginning of the season, the Timberwolves had high hopes for Wiggins.While Towns has increasingly taken on the responsibility of a team leader, the Timberwolves have given most of their clutch shots and final possessions to wiggins on the perimeter.But after five seasons, Wiggins still hasn’t developed any consistent scoring skills, with pull-up jumpers and spin layups being his only singles skills.Big or small, he couldn’t score consistently.As a result, he leads the team in field goal attempts per game but trails Towns by a full 4.1 points per game.The team is losing patience with Wiggins.Even timberwolves fans who love Wiggins’ personality and image have begun to express their disappointment.The no. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, the most talented small forward since Lebron James, has failed to carry the team’s winning weight in more than five years with the Timberwolves.Garnett implicitly criticized Wiggins, saying, “I don’t think he loves basketball.He likes basketball, but he doesn’t love it.He has other interests in life and I respect that.”Finally, on Feb. 6, 2020, the Timberwolves and Warriors closed the deal.Wiggins left Minnesota for a bigger stage farther from home.Wiggins must love to play basketball, otherwise he would never have made it in the NBA no matter what talent he had.But Wiggins never said basketball was his life.Maybe his approach to basketball is more like a normal person’s approach to his career, which is a big part of his life, but never his whole life.Winning is a pleasure, but it doesn’t make him forget everything.So he doesn’t seem paranoid, he doesn’t fight for a possession, he doesn’t fight with the opponent’s no. 1 player, he doesn’t try to get everyone under his feet, and he doesn’t berate his teammates.It’s wiggins’ nature, and it’s hard to change.But Wiggins is the right fit for the Warriors right now.He has a gentle personality, does not fight for position, does not fight for the ball, does not ask the manager to design tactics for him.He has top physical talent, and his size, explosiveness and quickness allow him to switch almost anywhere, which is cole’s greatest need for a forward player.Wiggins also has a good basketball IQ. His balanced ability on and off the ball allows him to quickly integrate into the warriors’ passing system. His low-key style of play ensures the team’s offensive space while increasing the possibility of changing the pace of the team.Wiggins also has a big heart, his calm attitude makes him less likely to get nervous or scared, and given the right opportunity, his no. 1 overall pick and timberwolves core experience also give him confidence, so wiggins has a steady choice of shot in any situation.In the warriors two seasons, Wiggins play more and more recognized by the outside world.A cursory look at Wiggins’ numbers suggests he’s not even as good as the Timberwolves.Indeed, Wiggins is averaging five points per game less than he did during his peak season with the Timberwolves.Wiggins has scored 40 points or more in a game eight times with the Timberwolves. This season, he has none and scored 30 points or more just twice.Wiggins has the smallest scoring variance of any player who comes close to him in games and points per game this season, averaging around 18 points per game, neither too high nor too low.The good news is that with Curry, the Warriors rarely need Wiggins to be a hero. They need a versatile perimeter player who can embed himself in the system and play consistently.It was wiggins’s role.Wiggins is averaging a career low in minutes per game and taking only a little more shots than he did in his rookie season, but his efficiency is at a career high.Wiggins is shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-point range this season, better than Towns, who is known for his 3s.Wiggins ranks 15th in 3-point field goal percentage this season, with his higher percentage coming mostly from role players and reserves, so wiggins will be the best 3-point shooter in the all-star game this season.Wiggins is more aggressive defensively and more decisive offensively than he was during his timberwolves days.But you can still see him as he was in the Timberwolves.He’s still not a star who can turn things around, a throwdown killer or a lone hero who likes to grab the ball and tell his teammates to pull away, and his fabled top talent is something you only seem to see in his once-a-year dunk.But Wiggins found the right team for him and the right role for himself.So when Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and others were out of contention due to injuries, it was Wiggins who took the starting position in the western Conference All-Star frontcourt, not Towns who was dragging the Timberwolves, but wiggins who was calmly escorting Curry.The Warriors finally beat the Timberwolves at home on Jan. 28.Towns finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Wiggins, as usual, made 7 of 12 shots and added 19 points with no more, no less efficiency.After all, in basketball, winning is the end, scoring is just the means.Wiggins is in a position where he can best help his team win.After the game, warriors home reporters the first time interviewed Wiggins.Wiggins was asked what he thought about being a first-time All-Star.There wasn’t much joy or excitement on Wiggins’ face, and he didn’t directly answer the all-star question, saying simply, “I’ve worked hard, I’ve been through a lot, AND I feel at home here.”Return xi, please rest to pay to must swim, the world and I but contrary, the answer drive words Xi yan beg.Relieved of the burden of leadership and high expectations, Wiggins feels at home.This is the luckiest Wiggins, and the strongest Wiggins.Disclaimer: This article is reproduced for the purpose of conveying more information.If the source is wrong or violated your legitimate rights and interests, please contact the author with proof of ownership, we will promptly correct, delete, thank you.Email address: newmedia@xxcb.cn