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Draymond Green confident Andrew Wiggins can become an ‘All-Defensive player’ with the Warriors

Warriors, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green is setting the bar high for newcomer Andrew Wiggins.

Green believes Wiggins can become an “All-Defensive player” with the Warriors.

“I think he can be an All-Defensive player,” Green said of Wiggins, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “That’s one of my goals for him. As a leader of this team, that’s one of the things I really want to push him on.

“He has all the tools, has the tools, the athleticism. Reminds me a lot of Kevin [Durant] as a defender, where they’re both long and lanky, but agile. Can move. Very skinny guys, but not weak. From that aspect, he remind me a lot of Kevin. And Kevin is a great defender.

“So if he can continue to build off that … which I think he can. The couple games that he’s been here I’ve seen him match up with some pretty good guys and he’s shown a lot of promise on that side of the ball. Defensive end, I think he can be really, really good.”

Wiggins is averaging 23.0 points and 4.0 assists in his first three games with the Warriors, albeit all losses for the Dubs. He’s shooting 57.5 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from beyond the arc.

In his five and a half seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wiggins struggled to find consistency. It didn’t help him that he was expected to save the team from years of mediocrity alongside running mate Karl-Anthony Towns.

Like Draymond Green said, Andrew Wiggins has all the physical tools to be an elite player on both ends of the court. The Warriors are hoping a change of scenery and reduced expectations from the outside will be just what the former No.1 overall pick needs to flip the switch on his career.