Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has been playing the basketball of his life this season and he credits the Warriors' winning culture for his success. In early 2020, the Minnesota Timberwolwes moved on from 2014 first overall pick Wiggins.
At that time, Wiggins was considered as a bust but he has been able to rediscover his career with the Warriors. On Monday night, Wiggins scored a team-high 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Warriors to a 104-94 victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Boston Celtics.
"I feel like being here, it's a winning culture," Wiggins said. "They have won before, and they have dominated the NBA. When I got here, they put you in position to succeed. They always bring out the best in you.
They want the best for you. You know, supportive."
Wiggins helps the Warriors come just a win away from winning the title
When Wiggins arrived to the Warriors, he knew he wouldn't be their go-to guy. Still, Wiggins gladly accepted their role as he, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole have been torching defenses throughout the entire playoffs.
"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 acquired Wiggins in a trade, some thought they would quickly move on from the former first overall pick. Reflecting on that, Warriors center Draymond Green said they knew from the first day Wiggins could be a strong asset.
"A lot of people looked at that trade like, oh, that's another piece they can move," Green said. "We looked at the trade from the very beginning like that is a guy who can fit next to a healthy group absolutely well."