For Draymond Green who knows the Golden State Warriors system inside-out, Andrew Wiggins will fit in with the team’s core “for a long time.’
At the trade deadline, the Warriors acquired Wiggins plus two draft picks in exchange for Jacob Evans, D’Angelo Russell and Omari Spellman. Ahead of Monday’s duel against the Miami Heat, Green chimed in on what Wiggins can bring to the table.
“I think he really fits well,” Green said of Wiggins, per Logan Murdock of NBC Sports. “As seamless as it could possibly be, I think he can fit right in. He can score the basketball, he can run the wings, he’s a pretty good defender. So I think he’ll definitely fit in with this core for a long time.”
Wiggins made his debut on Saturday in the Warriors’ 125-120 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. In 31 minutes of action, Wiggins had 24 points, two rebounds, three assists, one block and five steals. He was 8-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep.
Draymond Green is well-aware of the criticisms thrown at the former Rookie of the Year. While scoring has not been a problem for Andrew Wiggins, he has been slammed for his lack of effort. However, Dray knows that the former Wolves forward is one potent scorer and that Steve Kerr’s system will maximize that talent of his.
“I’m not going to sit here and act like the guy’s just had a sh–ty career,” he said. “He’s averaged 20 points per game over the last few years. I think bringing him in the fold and making that equate to wins. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
It’s been a tough year for Warriors fans. Nonetheless, the front office’s series of roster moves reveal that they are hellbent on reigning supreme once again.