It’s safe to state that Andrew Wiggins hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being the first overall pick of the NBA Draft, especially when you draw comparisons to legends like Kobe Bryant. Even so, he’s still pretty young and has some interesting raw potential.
That’s why the Golden State Warriors took a gamble on him. They know that they can make the most of his skill set or in the worst-case-scenario, he could be a valuable trade asset to help them in their pursuit of another superstar.
And, according to NBA analyst Henry Abbot, the entire narrative against Wiggins is just that he’s being overpaid, claiming that the Warriors made a genius move by giving him a shot:
“If he just made less money, then everybody would love him. It’s because he also is tying up so much salary cap space that this becomes a fraught decision. He’s been a limited player. We would want him to shoot a little better. These are the kind of improvements that can happen when you have a team that is very good at giving you space. “It might be that [the Warriors] were absolutely genius, giving him a shot,” Abbot said in the ‘Running Plays’ Podcast.
Abbot went on to explain that Wiggins’ lack of drive and effort and times could also come from the fact that he was worn out offensively by a bad Minnesota Timberwolves team, adding that the Warriors could give him a much better workload to make the most of his talents:
“When you are the go-to scorer on a bad team, you’re playing long minutes and you’re exhausted on offense. And you just can’t play hard every second. If you play fewer minutes, in a more limited role, then he can go hard. It would be very beneficial for him to play 100 percent the whole time,” he concluded.
Yes, Wiggins’ feel for the game and effort have been questionable at times but there’s no denying his freakish athleticism and physical gifts. Should he develop a more consistent shot, he’d be a major threat, for sure, and let’s not ignore the fact that he’s just 25 years old.