Fraser reveals aspect of Wiggins that Dub Nation would not see initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The similar few fluctuating claims have adopted Andrew Wiggins all through his eight seasons within the NBA.
He doesn’t care sufficient. He coasts on protection. The expertise is clearly there, however does he actually love the sport of basketball?
As Wiggins confirmed even earlier than he arrived to the Warriors through a blockbuster commerce with the Minnesota Timberwolves on the 2019-20 deadline, he has the power to get scorching and briefly put all doubts to relaxation.
During a two-month stretch in December and January, he averaged 18.1 factors and shot 44.7 p.c from 3-point vary, a 26-game span that earned him one among 10 spots as an NBA All-Star starter.
But then, Wiggins disappeared. While the Warriors battled via key accidents to Steph Curry, Draymond Green and others to shut out the regular-season schedule, Wiggins’ manufacturing slumped to 15.7 factors per recreation and a 33.7 p.c clip from deep after the All-Star break. He knocked down a head-scratching 56.3 p.c of makes an attempt from the free-throw line in that span, almost wiping away all of his All-Star authority and calling into query whether or not he has what it takes to contribute to Golden State’s championship run.
In an interview with 95.7 The Game’s Mark Willard and Dan Dibley on Tuesday, Warriors participant growth coach Bruce Fraser shined gentle on the Warriors’ ahead and cleared up any questions of the 27-year-old’s misunderstood monotone method.
“He’s got a quiet demeanor,” Fraser mentioned. “But he’s extra aggressive than you assume. It’s exhausting to play at this stage, actually, if you happen to don’t have a aggressive spirit.
“The knock on [Wiggins] is he’s always been so talented that he just is successful on his talent. But what you don’t see in him is an internal fire that burns. He’s competitive. He wants to win.”
Wiggins confirmed that fireplace whereas being the Warriors’ most vital participant in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals towards the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center on Wednesday evening. With Gary Payton II nonetheless out with a fractured elbow, Wiggins was given the group’s most crucial process in its recreation plan to defeat the Mavs — cease famous person Luka Dončić.
Guarded by Wiggins for a lot of the Warriors’ 112-87 victory over Dallas, Dončić was restricted to twenty factors on 6-of-18 capturing and tallied extra turnovers (7) than area objectives made (6). Wiggins handed the check, silencing the doubters as soon as once more.
“He’s a very good basketball player,” Fraser mentioned. “He’s skilled. The one thing that’s helped him here is we have a really good culture where all his things that people spoke on in the past have come around. He’s been a great addition. I think he’s picked up his defensive intensity, and that’s really helped us.”
Wiggins might be requested to shadow Dončić once more Friday evening in Game 2 of the collection. Tune in to NBC Sports Bay Area PLUS at 5 p.m. for a preview of the sport on “Warriors Live: Playoff Edition.”