Andrew Wiggins set to move on to reveal Luka Doncic


Despite his status as the 2014 Draft first pick and now All-Star, Andrew Wiggins gradually transformed into a luxury role player, or rather a luxury Lieutenant, with the Warriors.

In the shadow of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green or even Jordan Poole, and like Harrison Barnes from 2012 to 2016, he was able to find a place in Steve Kerr’s rotation and become one of the centerpieces. , on each side of the field.

Currently in his eighth NBA season, at « only » 27, the Canadian is now preparing to play, with Golden State, his very first career conference final.

After two rather controlled first rounds, against the Nuggets (4-1) then the Grizzlies (4-2), where he shot 14.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 against average (49% on shots and 40% at 3 -pts), against 17.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists on average in the regular season (47% on shots and 39% at 3-pts).

 » I feel like I was pretty solid. But I can always do more and help the team more “, delivered the former University of Kansas, concerning his performances in the first round and in the semi-finals of the conference.

defend the indefensible

Face the Mavericks, who will try to prevent the Warriors from advancing to their sixth Finals since 2015, Andrew Wiggins will likely be more empowered than ever. In attack, of course, but especially in defense, where he will be responsible for defending on Luka Doncic most of the time, while Gary Payton II and Andre Iguodala are still injured.

 » It’s obviously going to be a complicated ‘matchup’, you all saw what he did throughout these playoffs “, he explained, in reference to the prowess of “Luka Magic” against Jazz and then the Suns.  » It will be a group effort, we will have to get together, collectively. It’s not going to be easy. »

This season, Luka Doncic has averaged no less than 31.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in four games against Golden State (48% on shots and 38% at 3-pts).

Suffice to say that the Slovenian, who was already averaging 36.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists in three games against the « Dubs » last season (53% on shots and 48% at 3-pts), loves playing against the men by Steve Kerr.

In front of the Super star Texan, the task will therefore be anything but easy for Andrew Wiggins and others. But the Canadian winger, so far solid in this playoff campaign, will rely on his slender physique, his defensive versatility and his speed to disrupt Luka Doncic as much as possible.

Maximum pleasure in the field

Especially since, mentally, the Rookie of the Year 2015 can count on the support of his teammates to best tackle his commando mission.

 » We know what he is capable of “, said Stephen Curry, about the former Wolves player.  » Know everything he’s been through throughout his career: from No. 1 in the Draft in Minnesota, where he had a few big statistical seasons, to here, where he can’t show as much as before. But we know it can impact our wins. »

If it seems unthinkable to imagine Andrew Wiggins completely extinguishing Luka Doncic, he must nevertheless get down to making him work as much as possible, to exhaust him. A complex and enticing challenge on paper, to which it must respond for the good of the local community.

 » For him, it’s all about focus and commitment “, adds on this subject Stephen Curry.  » It means being physical in defense, taking duels seriously, taking on challenges, being present on the rebound and being aggressive in attack, in the paint or to take open shots. And when all of that happens, it affects the game differently, which we all appreciate because we know it makes us better. »

Wanting to get rid of the loser label that has stuck with him since his time with Wolves, Andrew Wiggins needed a long run in the playoffs to get there. More fulfilled than ever at the Warriors, thanks to the victories, he is also motivated by his teammates, who strive to make him smile and bring out the « fun » side of his personality.

 » I’m usually just cool, but it’s okay to show your emotions sometimes. I’ve never been [à ce stade de la compétition] before that, so it’s a special opportunity and you’ll see a lot more smiles, the further we go “, announced the main interested party.

Andrew WigginsPercentageBounces
SeasonTeamGMMinimumShots3 pointsLFOffDefEarlypdpartyIntbpCTPoints
2014-15MIN823643.731.076.01.62.94.62.12.31.12.20.616.9
2015-16MIN813545.930.076.11.32.33.62.02.01.02.30.620.7
2016-17MIN823745.235.676.01.22.84.02.32.21.02.30.423.6
2017-18MIN823643.833.164.31.03.44.42.02.01.11.70.617.7
2018-19MIN733541.233.969.91.13.74.82.52.11.01.90.718.1
2019-20 *All Teams543444.733.270.91.23.95.13.72.40.82.41.021.8
2019-20 *MIN423544.433.172.01.14.15.23.72.40.72.60.922.4
2019-20 *GOS123445.733.967.21.53.14.63.62.21.32.11.419.4
2020-21GOS713347.738.071.41.23.74.92.42.20.91.81.018.6
2021-22GOS733246.639.363.41.23.34.52.22.21.01.50.717.2
Total5983544.835.072.31.23.24.42.32.21.02.00.719.3

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