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Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins not at ‘optimal’ shape, admits Steve Kerr

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The Golden State Warriors were able to avoid the worst-case scenario on Andrew Wiggins after his highly-publicized reluctance to take the Covid-19 vaccine shot.

But even with Wiggins back as a full participant, he’s reportedly still far away from being in “optimal shape”. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted such after Golden State’s final preseason contest against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Via Alex Didion of NBC Sports Bay Area:

“He’s probably a couple weeks away from really being able to have his conditioning and rhythm where he wants it to be,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after Friday night’s preseason finale. “That’s usually the case with a lot of guys as you head into the regular season, so he’ll be fine.”

Wiggins has been featured in four preseason games thus far and has indeed struggled for the most part. The Warriors wing has averaged 9.3 points on an ugly 35.1% shooting clip from the field and an even worse 22.2% from distance.

The Warriors also held out Wiggins in one of their earlier preseason contests due to knee soreness, which Steve Kerr admits has held him back from going all out.

Golden State has clear title aspirations this season. How well Andrew Wiggins performs will be crucial for the Warriors to maximize the potential of their roster.