After playing the Timberwolves for the first time in his career on Monday, the quietly spoken swingman made it clear that he was more comfortable with the Warriors’ “organized” team.
“They are a championship team,” said Wiggins after scoring 23 points and scoring six rebounds, while explaining some of the differences he sees. “It’s very positive here, very positive, everyone gets along. No ego, nothing like that. Everyone just wants to win. It’s just a winning attitude, a winning culture, it’s all about winning. And we all want to get better, everyone lifts each other up and cheers each other, so all here is love. “
Wiggins, a former No. 1 draft pick who was acquired by Minnesota in a deal that made the former Timberwolves a big man Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliersadmitted that the first time it felt different playing his old team.
“I was excited,” said Wiggins. “It felt good to play against my previous team. It was good to see them and catch up and obviously compete. It’s all love for these guys; it’s part of the business. I think it brings on competitiveness the next level. I feel like us. ” our job and that we got the win, most importantly. “
The difference in Wiggins’ game in the first month of this season is consistency. After years of ups and downs in Minnesota, Wiggins was much more determined to put in solid efforts every night, especially on the defensive side. Warriors teammates and coaches have repeatedly praised Wiggins for his newfound defensive skills with Warriors Star Stephen Curry He recently said the team had started calling him “two-way wiggs”.
Wiggins confirmed this call on Monday Win 130-108 with three steals and three blocks in 30 minutes.
“He really does compete in this area,” says Warriors Draymond Green said von Wiggins after the game. “Since he’s been here he’s shown that he’s a very capable defender. He made up a few points this year, which has been great for us. He really changed the game in that area for us.”
Wiggins cited the detailed nature of the warrior culture as one of the reasons he performed so well with his new team.
“Sure it’s different because everything is organized here,” said Wiggins. “You know what you do every night, you know what you’re getting into, you know what minutes you’re going to be playing, you know your rotation. There were a few years in Minnesota where you knew everything I was with Coach Thibs [Tom Thibodeau];; Thibs was very organized. And Thibs was very clear; it was very straightforward.
“That’s one thing they’re doing here: they’re very simple. They won’t gloss over anything. There are no trick questions. So it’s good.”
Wiggins – acquired last season as part of a deal that gave and sent the Warriors a future first-round pick from the Timberwolves D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota – said earlier this season this is the happiest thing he has felt in his career.
“I know he is enjoying it and we are enjoying having him here,” said Warriors manager Steve Kerr. “He was a great addition to our team. This is how the NBA goes. Most of the players are exposed to the circumstances and I think we have a really good situation for Andrew. It’s not easy to be number 1 and try to to wear them. ” This is just a job that only a select few can take on. I think Andrew is in a good place. He does everything we asked and was fantastic defensively. It is a pleasure to train him in a good rhythm and is a great addition to our team. “
Kerr had to smile when asked if beating the Timberwolves means anything more, as the Warriors have the rights to the future selection of the team’s first round, which will be in the top three in 2021 and would be unprotected next year if it did does not convey.
“Yes,” said Kerr. “I’ll be honest.”
Wiggins was also honest when asked if he would like to end his career with the Warriors, given the early success he had with the team.
“I would love to do it,” he said. “It’s a great organization. You treat me here with love and respect. Treat my family well. So I don’t see why not? I would love to.”