Dieter Kurtenbach: Right on time, Andrew Wiggins is playing like an All-Star for the Warriors

Dieter Kurtenbach, Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

Something clicked for Andrew Wiggins a month ago.

The Warriors' wing's explosion — 35 points, 74 percent shooting, a monstrous slam — against his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, on Nov. 10 was anything but normal.

Sure, Wiggins had posted big games before in his eight-year NBA career. But they were one-offs, fleeting glimpses of his immense talent that teased more than inspired.

Not this one, though.

Because since that game against the Timberwolves, after which Warriors general manager Bob Myers joked that he didn't know Wiggins could do "that", he's played like, well, that.

Wiggins won't be an All-Star this season. Not in the Western Conference.


But he's playing like an All-Star — a reliable and confident option for the Dubs on both ends of the floor.

He's fully activated and fully actualizing those lofty goals that have been — fairly or not — put on his talented shoulders since before he went to Kansas as a one-and-done player.

He's no Kevin Durant. Not even close. So the Warriors aren't asking him to be this season.

All they only want him to be a tenacious on-ball defender, a constant mover on offense, and a solid catch-and-shoot option to space the floor for Steph Curry.


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