Why Andrew Wiggins was a ‘great trade’ for the Warriors, per Tim Hardaway
Wiggins hasn’t lived up to the hype of being a No. 1 overall pick. However, many pundits — Hardaway included — firmly believe that the talented swingman is going to turn a lot of heads in 2020-21.
“(He is) gonna help out a lot and do a lot of things that people don’t think that he’s gonna do,” Tim Hardaway said about Andrew Wiggins during an appearance with Bonta, Steiny & Guru on 95.7 The Game, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area.
“That was a great trade for the Warriors because Wiggins needed to come to a team where he’s third fiddle or fourth fiddle. He doesn’t want to be on a team (where) he’s one-two because that’s too much pressure on him. He just wants to play basketball and have fun and have no pressure on him.
“This is the team to be on to do that and he’s going to excel. He’s gonna be all right.”
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, Wiggins appeared in 12 games for the Warriors. The 25-year-old averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The Warriors are expected to be playoff contenders again in 2020-21 since Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Wiggins will be leading the charge. Wiggins will likely be the third option on offense behind Curry and Thompson, so he won’t have all the pressure on him like in Minnesota.
The 2015 Rookie of the Year, Wiggins has career NBA averages of 19.7 points, 4.4 boards and 2.3 assists. The Warriors are looking forward to having the athletic scorer in their system for an entire year.