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What Andrew Wiggins must do to succeed, per Warriors coach

Andrew Wiggins

The Golden State Warriors made waves on deadline day, pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal that landed them former first overall pick Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s no secret that the 24-year-old forward has been hounded by a ton of negative criticism throughout his career, but this is a gamble the Warriors were willing to take given the circumstances.

An anonymous Dubs coach spoke up about the deal, sharing what he believes Wiggins must achieve in Golden State in order for his arrival to be considered a success:

“He still has potential to be really good and help us win,” one coach said of Wiggins, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “As long as he’s willing to buy in to competing and using his tools on the defensive end.”

Talent was never really a question for Andrew Wiggins, but many believe it’s his overall attitude toward the game that has been the biggest hindrance in his development. The change of scenery should provide the 6-foot-7 swingman with a fresh start — one he Warriors hope he will take full advantage of.

Wiggins got off to a great start this season in Minnesota, but the last few months saw him revert back to his mediocre self while the Timberwolves racked up losses. He averaged 22.4 points (on 44.4 percent shooting), 5.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks while also connecting on 2.2 triples in 42 starts for Minnesota this season.

The Warriors are hoping the former Kansas standout can more consistently tap into his tremendous potential. If he doesn’t, the Dubs will have an ugly contract saddling their books as they try to figure out a way back to the mountaintop once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are healthy.