Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admits he is pleasantly surprised with the way Andrew Wiggins has been performing throughout the playoffs as he stated that he "had no idea" Wiggins could be making this kind of contribution.
In 2020 February, the Warriors landed Wiggins following a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolwes. Wiggins, the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft, failed to live up to the expectation in Minnesota but he is thriving with the Warriors.
Wiggins has been absolutely great throughout the entire playoffs and he delivered another big game in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. On Monday night, Wiggins scored a team-high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Warriors to a 103-93 victory.
"We knew we needed his athleticism and defense and his versatility. We had no idea that he would make this kind of contribution," Warriors coach Kerr said. "But I think it's a reminder that for every -- almost every player in the NBA, circumstances are everything.
You kind of need to find the right place, the right teammates, that kind of stuff. Wiggs has been a great fit."
Klay Thompson on Wiggins having success with the Warriors
"I mean, buying in is one of the biggest keys to success in this league, and for what Andrew did tonight, I mean, we don't get -- we don't get more excited than when Wiggs dunks on somebody," Thompson said.
"And that really uplifts the whole team and the Bay Area." When the Warriors traded for Wiggins, the former first overall pick wasn't getting much respect. However, the Warriors knew from Day 1 Wiggins could be a valuable asset.
"A lot of people looked at that trade like, oh, that's another piece they can move," Warriors center Draymond Green said of Wiggins. "We looked at the trade from the very beginning like that is a guy who can fit next to a healthy group absolutely well.
He's continued to show that. He's continued to get better. He's taken on every challenge that we have thrown in front of him. And that's been huge. And we need him to do that for one more win."