With 17.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, Andrew Wiggins, “Health Mamba”, may once again meet the expectations of the fans; but perhaps, he once again disappointed the fans. However, is this really the case?
Andrew Wiggins is predicted to be the strongest potential after LeBron James, so there is no doubt that he became the No. 1 pick in the current (2014) draft, starting the career of No. 1 Lang that the whole world is watching.
However, spreading out the “parallel import goods” champion list in recent years, Wiggins, once the favorite of heaven, was actually on the list. What happened to this?
In fact, Wiggins has averaged 19.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game since joining the league. Although this performance is not top-notch, it is not considered parallel. But the problem is that Wiggins’ high evaluation when he entered the league made him unable to be paid by the fans even though he had a moderate performance.
However, Wiggins does have the strength to become a better player.
Basically, on Wiggins’ conditions, it is absolutely not a problem to score 30 points in a single game or to average 25 points per game in the season. The point is, whether he wants it or not. However, it turns out that Wiggins has not reached these thresholds.
Anyone who has watched Wiggins play should understand Wiggins’s attitude to play, lack of aggressive and active play, and his passive attitude, which makes the fans give him a nickname that fits him better-“Health Man” bar”.
As a result, Wiggins spent six seasons with the Timberwolves and was finally traded to the Warriors last year.
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The biggest difference between the Warriors and the Timberwolves is nothing more than offensive points. In the Timberwolves, Wiggins only had his No. 1 teammate, Karl-Anthony Towns, capable of singles offense. However, after joining the Warriors, Wiggins’ teammates were directly upgraded. Towns, once the number one source of firepower, became a gold cup with three NBA championships. The wave brothers, this allows Wiggins to safely serve as the third scoring point, do a good job in ambushing three-pointers and defending.
Therefore, after Wiggins came to the Warriors, he greatly reduced the possession of the ball, and was more familiar with tactical moves and used to off the ball. However, just before the start of the new season, the team’s second scoring point Klay Thompson was injured, which made Wiggins have to return to the team’s second scoring position again, but this may be the least suitable for him. position.
Next, let’s take a look at Wiggins’ performance this season.
At the beginning of the season, coach Steve Kerr’s goal for Wiggins was to enter the league’s defensive lineup. This is definitely a test for Wiggins, who has been lax for many years.
So, did Wiggins do it?On defense, Wiggins did it。
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This is indeed a piece of news to celebrate, because the defense has improved, which means that Wiggins’ attitude has also changed. So, how good is Wiggins’ defense?
In fact, Wiggins blocked 1.4 times and the defensive efficiency of 111 is not bad, but it is not enough to talk about it. So why, Wiggins’ defensive performance this year is worthy of praise?
The answer may be unexpected, but in fact, Wiggins may be one of the best single defense players today. (Please see the table below)
DFG%, as the name implies, is the opponent’s field goal percentage under the player’s matchup, while DIFF is the average DFG% of the opponent’s field goal percentage. Therefore, if the DIFF is a negative number, the defensive player effectively reduces the offensive player’s shooting rate. On the contrary, a positive number means that the offensive player’s shooting rate has increased under the defense of the defensive player.
The above table shows that Wiggins’ DIFF is -7.8, which means that under his defense, the attacker’s shooting percentage will drop by as much as 7.8%. This performance is beyond the reach of many defensive players in the league. , Only LeBron James, Rudy Gobert and other first-class players can compete with them. It can be seen that Wiggins’ defensive performance this year is indeed commendable.
As for offense, although Wiggins scored the second lowest in his career on offense this season, his efficiency is far higher than in previous years.