Andrew Wiggins has been the best redemption story of this year’s incredible playoffs. The former first overall pick has long been considered a bust after disappointing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, in an epic turn of events, Wiggins turned his entire reputation around in Golden State. Now, he’s an NBA champion and a key component of a championship-level team.
After Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors won the 2022 NBA championship, former Timberwolves teammate Karl-Anthony Towns congratulated him on Twitter. KAT also made sure to shout out another former Wolves guy in Nemanja Bjelica, who came up clutch for the Dubs in short stretches:
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) June 17, 2022
Wiggins‘ reputation in Minnesota tanked in the last few years. The former No. 1 pick always had the potential to be a great player. However, for whatever reason, Wiggins just couldn’t put it together for the first years of his career. Whether it was a lack of motivation or being miscast in a role, it was clear that the Canadian couldn’t succeed there.
Being traded from the Timberwolves to the Warriors was the best thing that could’ve happened to Wiggins. In Golden State, Wiggins was given a clear role and a winning culture to boot. Slowly but surely, he blossomed into a defensive monster who could score points when needed. It got to the point where there was buzz that Wiggins could steal the Finals MVP from Stephen Curry!
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The Timberwolves are hoping that they can build the same winning culture in Minnesota. They are taking the first few steps towards that, as they gave the Memphis Grizzlies one hell of a fight in the playoffs.