Andrew Wiggins was a menace for every rival the Golden State Warriors faced during their magical 2022 championship run. The Dubs landed as a contender to compete for the championship, but nobody expected them to be as good as they were, beating their rivals round after round with relative ease. The hardest team they faced during that round was the Memphis Grizzlies, but still, they couldn't take the Warriors to seven games.
While Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole were the biggest threats on the offensive side, Andrew Wiggins showed all his qualities as a defender, becoming a nightmare for the other teams' best players.
This was more visible in the Finals, where he had the not-so-easy task of guarding Jayson Tatum. As we all know, Tatum was a shell of himself during that series, and Wiggins played a big role in that. Following his arrival to the Warriors, the Canadian player focused on becoming a solid two-way player, and last season was the confirmation of that.
Talking on the "VC Show" with Vince Carter, Wiggins talked about his motivation to put the clamps on rivals, and just like Curry, he showed that pettiness was a big reason why the Warriors were successful last year. After not getting DPOY votes, Andrew vowed to show his true quality in the biggest stage (16:43).
“One thing I'm gonna strive for this upcoming season is being on the Defensive Team, that's a big goal of mine and hopefully I opened some eyes in the playoffs. Hopefully, I can be on the radar. I didn’t get not one vote this year, so I was like, I took it personal in the playoffs. I was like, ‘This is my chance to really showcase what I can do. Put my name on the radar.’”
Vince Carter was shocked when he heard what Wiggins had to say, but the player explained that he was overlooked, making it clear he's ready to take it all next season and prove that he's one of the most capable defenders in the league. The Golden State Warriors have a solid star in Wiggins, and they hope to keep him for the long run. However, that's still in the air, as they're yet to sign a contract extension.
Hopefully, his incredible performances in 2022 are enough to secure that bag and set the Warriors up for more championships.