Warriors season review: Andrew Wiggins' promise, inconsistency evident


Editor's note: Amid the current climate, it's looking increasingly likely we'll be away from basketball for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, NBC Sports Bay Area will take a look at each player on the Warriors' roster and examine how their performance will fit with the roster long term. Next up is forward Andrew Wiggins. 

Andrew Wiggins came to the Bay Area in search of a new start and the chance to play alongside Steph Curry. At the end of his abbreviated debut, each goal remains in progress. 


3 years / $94 million left 

Last season 

Wiggins came to the Warriors in the February trade that sent D'Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in large part for his better-perceived fit alongside Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. A talented but inconsistent wing, Wiggins had worn out his welcome in Minnesota following four years of failed expectations and sub-par defense. 

But he was successful in his short time in the Bay Area, averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists over his last five games. In a 112-106 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 12, he finished with 27 points, four rebounds and five assists and four blocks. Three weeks later, in his first game playing with Curry, he notched 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists against the Raptors.

"I'm very excited," Wiggins told NBC Sports Bay Area following the game. "[Curry's] an MVP player, one of the greats. He helped transition the game with his 3s and how fast he plays. So, I'm excited."

"I feel like I've adjusted well," he added. "I've never played with anyone as good as him. By far, he's the best player that I've played with. Just getting a chance to learn from him and feeding off him and just learning."

Despite the promise he showed, Wiggins also had moments of inconsistency already in his short time with Golden State. In his debut against the Lakers, he scored 19 points through the first three quarters before attempting only one shot the rest of the way. In total, his season will be defined by the hope that he can fit with this group for years to come. 

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Next season will give a true look at Wiggins' fit on the Warriors' roster. In theory, he should fit alongside Golden State's core, but bringing consistency will be his biggest test. 

Upon arrival, the Warriors coaching staff knew Wiggins' reputation and hoped Golden State's culture would yield positive results. So far, they have to like what they've seen, though it has admittedly been a small sample size. Even if Wiggins continues his inconsistent tendencies, he can still be an asset to help upgrade the roster down the line. For now, the ball is in his court.

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