Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins reacts to playing with Stephen Curry for the first time
Golden State Warriors newcomer Andrew Wiggins praised Stephen Curry in his first game playing next to the two-time MVP. The 6-foot-8 wing was the beneficiary of many open looks throughout a 121-113 loss to the Toronto Raptors, seeing first-hand what it’s like to make use of Curry’s gravity.
“He makes everyone great,” said Wiggins after the game, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “He makes everyone play better. He finds open men. He’s like the most unselfish superstar. That’s a good way to put it. He attracts so much attention that he’s going to find the open man, and he makes the right play, so it was fun.”
Wiggins was on the receiving end of that unselfishness quite quickly, receiving a first-quarter behind-the-back dime for a layup — a beautiful start of what could be a long-term connection with the Warriors’ franchise superstar.
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— Chris Montano (@gswchris) March 6, 2020
Wiggins had himself a good game with 21 points and nine rebounds, making a few key baskets in the clutch. Yet if one thing was apparent, he’ll need to become more lethal from deep if he is to play next to Curry and merit that confidence to take the open shots.
The 25-year-old was 3-of-9 from deep, a line that is constant with his 33.2% shooting from beyond for this 2019-20 season. He’s yet to shoot better than the 35.6% mark he mustered in his third year in the league, but he must do much better than that if he is to make a staple of this partnership.
It’s likely that Wiggins will get to work in his 3-point shooting in the summer, but this is already a good start to a fruitful partnership with Curry — one that has started off on the right foot.