As the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, there was always an expectation that Andrew Wiggins would eventually become a superstar. He didn't fulfill those expectations, and his inability to be their franchise centerpiece led the Minnesota Timberwolves to eventually trade him to the Golden State Warriors.
During his time on the Golden State Warriors, Andrew Wiggins has become a great two-way player, and he is currently the No. 2 offensive option for the team, averaging 19.1 PPG. There's no doubt that he has thrived in a new environment, and he has been contributing to winning basketball.
When speaking to Baxter Holmes of ESPN, Andrew Wiggins revealed that the winning environment around him has helped motivate him, and claimed that "everyone pushes each other" on the team.
"We're winning," Wiggins says. "We're top of the West. Everyone pushes each other. I'm around greatness. Being around Steve, being around Bob, being around Steph, Draymond [Green], Klay, people that have won multiple championships and that ran the league for a long time. And those guys believe in me. Every day, whether it's offensively, defensively. Offensively, they trust me with the ball. Defensively, they put me on the other team's best player. That right there is motivating."
While he was once known as an inefficient scorer who didn't play defense, Andrew Wiggins has developed into one of the best two-way players in the league. There has even been some buzz about Andrew Wiggins potentially making his first All-Star team this season. He certainly has a good case for it, especially with how well the Golden State Warriors have done this season.
Andrew Wiggins might never be a superstar. But right now, he is playing very good basketball on the team with the best record in basketball. Hopefully, his play continues, and it's definitely good to see him turn a corner and play well in a winning situation.