Well, it looks like there’s one less headache for the Golden State Warriors to worry about. As we discussed recently, Andrew Wiggins had been exercising his right to choose whether or not to take the vaccine, but he’s decided to take it in the end.
This will be welcome news for the Dubs, who are still waiting for Klay Thompson and James Wiseman to come back from injury, and need Wiggins’ on-court contributions. As one of Golden State’s most durable players last season, where he played in 71 of 72 regular season games, Wiggins averaged 18.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.4 APG and 1.0 BPG on shooting splits of 47.7/38/71.4. He was their second-leading scorer, and also was second in average minutes per game at 33.3. He trailed only Steph Curry in those two categories.
Wiggins is a player that can contribute on both ends of the floor, and that’s something his team sorely needs at the moment.
For a Warriors squad that hasn’t made the playoffs in the last two years, after losing two play-in games last season and missing Curry for a large chunk of the previous season, the removal of one potential distraction is welcome news. Though they’ve been hit hard by injuries in recent years, Dubs fans still expect excellence from the team, especially after they made the NBA Finals for five-straight years between 2015 and 2019.
Golden State will be hoping to make the playoffs this year in a tough and loaded Western Conference, but a lot of things are still in the air. Fortunately for them, though, Wiggins’ availability is no longer on that list.